Cottage Gardens


There is nothing that reflects the beauty of Britain quite like the quintessential cottage garden. Our guide features some of the most enchanting cottage gardens that England, Scotland and Wales have to offer, but how does one define a cottage garden?

The cottage garden is English in origin, the history of homely and functional gardens goes back many centuries, but the cottage garden as we know it was reinvented in 1870's England as a reaction to the more structured estate gardens and their formal designs. The cottage garden, usually connected to a charming house or cottage, is primarily informal in style, features traditional materials and displays a mixture of shrubs, small trees, annuals, roses and climbing plants with herbaceous borders. Often the garden will be looked after by the owners of the property, but perhaps with a little help depending on the health of the owner.

A cottage garden relies on character and charm rather than structure and rules. You never know what you will discover in a cottage garden, there may be different areas to explore often including a lawn, a wildlife pond, a well used vegetable patch and herb garden, places to sit, as well as a greenhouse and potting shed. The cottage garden always attracts a wealth of nature, butterflies, birds, insects and even frogs and toads will be heard and seen. Finally, the one defining feature of the cottage garden is that it should make the owners and visitors smile!'
Andrea Macmillan.

Alfriston Clergy House

Alfriston Clergy House, National Trust, Sussex

Sussex, Alfriston Clergy House in Sussex has a delightful small garden and is run by the National Trust

The Gardens at An Cala are full of colour and have views of the sea.

An Cala Gardens, Isle of Seil

Argyll, These beautiful gardens at An Cala were created in the 1930's and situated on the West Coast of Scotland.

Bide-a-Wee Cottage

Bide-a-Wee Cottage

Northumberland, This delightful garden at Bide-a-Wee Cottage set in a disused quarry covers around 2 acres.

Bluebell Cottage Gardens, Derbyshire

Bluebell Cottage Garden, near Dutton

Cheshire, Set on a quiet rural lane, this 2 acre garden is packed with plants and rich in wildlife.

Budlake Old Post Office Cottage Garden

Budlake Old Post Office Garden, near Killerton House

Devon, Visit a beautiful cottage garden near to Killerton House

Cerney House Garden in Gloucestershire

Cerney House Garden

Gloucestershire, This secret Cotswold garden at Cerney House, high above the lovely Churn Valley is a very special and friendly place.

Dyffryn Fernant Garden

Dyffryn Fernant Garden, near Fishguard

Pembrokeshire, An exceptionally interesting and enjoyable garden' (Noel Kingsbury, The Garden).

East Lambrook Manor and Garden

East Lambrook Manor Gardens, South Petherton

Somerset , Margery Fish created this garden at East Lambrook Manor which has become one of the best known in England.

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Yorkshire, Built in 1759, Helmsley Walled Garden is a beautiful five acre garden sitting beneath the imposing ruins of Helmsley Castle.

Fairy Well

Hidden Valley Gardens, near St Austell

Cornwall, Hidden Valley - Award winning with great colours near Fowey.

Pitmuies Garden

House of Pitmuies Garden, Guthrie

Angus, The House of Pitmuies garden is well known for its beautiful walled gardens.

Marsh Villa Garden

Marsh Villa Garden, St Austell

Cornwall, Marsh Villa Gardens has lovely old fashioned plantings in lovely location, good from April to September.

Mill Dene Garden

Mill Dene Garden, Moreton on the Marsh

Gloucestershire, Mill Dene Garden, hidden in the Cotswolds.

Mottistone Manor Garden

Mottistone Manor Garden, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight, Mottistone Manor Garden, a must visit if you are on the Isle of Wight

The Pinsla Garden near Bodmin

Pinsla Garden and Nursery, near Bodmin

Cornwall, Small and eccentric full of plants - near Bodmin.

Stockton Bury Gardens

Stockton Bury Gardens

Herefordshire, Stockton Bury Gardens are beautiful giving colour and interest all year round.

Stone House Cottage Garden

Stone House Cottage Garden

Worcestershire, Stone House is a romantic garden set in an old walled kitchen garden.

The Priest's House

The Priests House Garden

Dorset, Take yourself back 40 years in this delightful small garden situated behind the Priests House in Wimborne.

Thomas Hardy's Cottage Garden

Thomas Hardy's Cottage Garden, Dorchester

Dorset, The Thomas Hardy Cottage garden of around 1/3 acre is beautifully laid out with paths, cottage flowers and a vegetable patch.