This month, we take a look at some of the amazing gardens that are well within reach of your base at the Dick Turpin Cottage.
Westonbury Mill Water Gardens
This garden, located near the chocolate box village of Pembridge, about 12 miles south of the Dick Turpin Cottage, is a true labour of love, created in just 18 years by Richard Pim in his retirement, and honoured in 2016 with a visit from the BBC Gardeners’ World programme:
The “display gardens” at Wilstone are based in the grounds of an 18th Century Manor House in an area of “Outstanding Natural Beauty” in the heart of the Shropshire Hills (as is the Dick Turpin Cottage!)
The gardens here offer a backdrop for the unusual and sought-after local hand-made ironware and stoneware products.
Glansevern Hall Gardens
About 15 miles NW of the Dick Turpin Cottage, over the border into the scenic foothills of Wales, we come to Glansevern Hall with its lovely gardens – well worth a visit. There’s a cascading Water Garden, lakeside and woodland walks, a more formal Walled Garden, the charming Folly Garden and the secluded Bird Hide overlooking the river Severn.
Only about 10 miles south of the cottage, you will find Hergest Gardens. According to local guide, Tony Webb: “It’s an outstanding mature garden with a massive range of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants etc well labelled. The vision of the generations of gardeners who have created and maintained this garden over the centuries is amazing.”
Stockton Bury Gardens
One Google reviewer, Lynn Fogarty, has this to say about Stockton Bury: “What a hidden gem. I am not into gardens yet l couldn’t help but be moved by the beauty of this place. The food in the cafe was excellent.”
The above is but a small taste of the incredible range of attractions within easy reach of the Dick Turpin Cottage, a luxurious, tranquil base from which to explore the best of what Shropshire – and indeed England – has to offer. If you think you may be able to spare a little time to visit in the coming months, please do check live availability and consider booking early because the days are getting longer and the cottage is in demand.