Gar­dens to Visit in Win­ter

This England - - Editors Letter -

Down House, Luxted Road, Downe, Kent BR6 7JT, 0370 333 1181

The home of Charles Dar­win, the gar­dens have swathes of snow­drops and na­tive daf­fodils. In late Jan­uary/fe­bru­ary there are dis­plays of orchids, in­clud­ing os­moglos­sum pul­chel­lum, which smells like lily of the val­ley.

La­cock Abbey, Chip­pen­ham, Wilt­shire SN15 2LG, 01249 730459

Orig­i­nally a me­dieval abbey and then a Tu­dor fam­ily home, Harry Pot­ter fans will recog­nise the build­ing as be­ing Hog­warts in two of the films. The tran­quil gar­dens are renowned for the amaz­ing snow­drop dis­plays from late Jan­uary.

Bur­ton Agnes Hall, Rud­ston Road, Bur­ton Agnes, Driffield, York­shire YO25 4NB, 01262 490324

A fam­ily home since the 12th cen­tury, this stun­ning house has a gar­den to match, with at­trac­tions in­clud­ing a walled gar­den, a maze, gi­ant games such as chess and hop­scotch, and a wood­land sculp­ture walk.

Killer­ton, Broad­clyst, Ex­eter, Devon EX5 3LE, 01392 881345

A Geor­gian house with land­scaped gar­dens and ex­ten­sive park­land. Win­ter walks through the grounds re­veal colour­ful helle­bores and cro­cuses, com­ple­mented by the red bark of cor­nus and white-stemmed birches.

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