Take a Secret Garden Tour

Lucy & Richard from Cotswolds Guided Tours, run fantastic 6 hour tours of the Cotswolds. We love meeting guests from all around the globe. During our tours as we travel to each location we explain the history & quirky facts.

There are lots of beautiful villages to explore in the Cotswolds, the little cottages have fabulous cottage gardens. Often guests will ask us about particular plants that they see, some guests love taking photos of the beautiful flowers. 

We thought it would be nice for our guests to see some examples of the beautiful gardens & flowers that can be spotted in the Cotswolds throughout the year. So let's take you on a secret garden tour of the Cotswolds.

We also have some examples of beautiful secret gardens that you can explore during your stay.

 Cotswolds Secret Garden Tour with Cotswolds Guided Tours



As the winter turns to spring, the frosts begin to subside & there are signs of life stirring in the Cotswolds. As you explore this beautiful region, wrapped up warm with woollies (hat, scarf & gloves) you may be treated to beautiful Snowdrops, bobbing under hedgerows. From February to March then this is the time to see crocuses poking up through garden lawns. These colours seem so striking after the long hard winter.. Then as March moves into April we are treated with daffodils, looking so happy with the promise of warmer weather around the corner. Tulips are also a favourite of Cotswolds gardeners. So as you are walking through beautiful villages whilst on tour with us, keep your eyes peeled for tulips of every colour in the cottage gardens.


Cottage Gardens

As Spring moves into Summer, the Cotswolds cottage gardens become alive. Everyone is so proud of their little patch that garden flowers hustle for space to be adhored by passers by. With bees buzzing in the lavender, foxgloves bobbing their heads, echinacea standing tall. Everything looks so wild but these secret cottage gardens are tended to look so beautiful. With roses around the door, wisteria climbing along the walls, it is a feast for the eyes. 

So during one of our six hour cotswold tours, as you wander through these gorgeous villages, you can soak up the atmosphere & decide for yourselves which Cotswolds garden you would award the prize for being the most beautiful.


Autumn Blooms

Summer moves into autumn (fall) and there is still lots of colour to be found in the Cotswolds cottage gardens. From the Michaelmas Daisy, which will be happy to grow in most locations, to the stubborn Nerine's that prefer a south-facing spot against a dry stone wall or cottage, their bubblegum pink flowers look rather exotic at this time of year.

The leaves on deciduous trees are starting to turn, with glorious rusty browns, crimson & warm yellow hues, making the countryside pop with colour. The evenings start to drawn in, and a little nip can be felt in the air, but the cooler nights lead to damp mornings with the rich smell of earth, making you feel alive as you step out to explore.


Winter Colour

Frosty winter mornings in the Cotswolds, the cool crisp crunch of leaves under-foot & still beauty can be spotted in the secret cottage gardens. Look out for winter flowering heather, whites, pinks & purples seem unperturbed by the chilly days. Cyclamen thrive in sheltered positions, so see you can spot these at the foot of trees or beneath the hedgerows. Hellebores are known as the winter rose, a fantastic array of flowers dipping their heads from the winter rain. Many Cotswolds cottages plant these to add a splash of colour in their secret gardens. What will you discover as you explore this fantastic region with Cotswolds Guided Tours?

We hope you have enjoyed our Cotswolds secret garden tour, if you would like some suggestions on local places to visit then check out Bourton House Gardens an award winning 3 acre garden featuring imaginative topiary, wide herbaceous borders with many rare, unusual plants, located just outside Moreton in Marsh. Or perhaps you would like to explore Sezincote Gardens, Sezincote is unique. At the heart of a traditional, family-run estate covering 4,500 acres of rolling Cotswold countryside stands a 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace, set in a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals reminiscent of the Taj Mahal. For spring & autumn colour then do make a visit to Batsford Arboretum, 56 acres of breath-taking woodland garden, Batsford is a world of trees and so much more!

We hope you will choose to take a tour with us, discover the Cotswolds cottage gardens on one of our fabulous 6 hour tours.

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