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Trelis­sick, Corn­wall

With a mild mar­itime cli­mate the gar­den at Trelis­sick of­ten ben­e­fits from early flow­er­ing as a re­sult. The bare trees at this time of year open the spec­tac­u­lar view all the way down the ‘Car­rick Roads' es­tu­ary. A walk around Trelis­sick is sure to blow away the cob­webs. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/trelis­sick

Prior Park, Bath

The peace­ful gar­den at Prior Park looks mag­i­cal on frosty morn­ings, with mist over the lakes and grace­ful swans glid­ing on the sur­face. It is the per­fect place to re­lax over the busy Christ­mas pe­riod. In win­ter the leaf­less trees pro­vide the best views of the val­ley and the city be­yond. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/prior-park-land­scape-gar­den

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

The Win­ter Gar­den at Kingston Lacy is pic­ture per­fect dur­ing the cold months. The foot­bridge and twisty path­ways from the Ja­panese gar­den lead through a tun­nel of ev­er­green fo­liage for you to ex­plore. The frosty tem­per­a­ture is no match for the early snow­drops ei­ther, peak into the Vic­to­rian fern­ery in De­cem­ber to catch Galan­thus pli­ca­tus or 'Three Ships' sprout­ing next to the curled fronds of ex­otic ferns. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/kingston-lacy

Stour­head,wilt­shire

There is no bet­ter gar­den to ex­plore in win­ter than Stour­head. The frosty mist com­ing off the lake is mag­i­cal. Why not take a stomp through the grounds be­fore warm­ing up with a hot choco­late in the café? na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/stour­head

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