These three counties are a chance to get closer to traditional English life, gentle rolling hedgerows alive with wildlife and wide open green spaces to relax in. Best bits include exploring the green chalk hills and woodlands of the Chilterns and discovering the history of Warwickshire, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
In the Cotswolds, spot the wildlife at Lodge Park and Sherbone Estate, from the great crested newts in the fountain to otters, water voles and dragonflies in the 18th century water meadows. While the arts and crafts garden rooms at the world famous Hidcote reimagines what it means to spend time outside and might give you ideas to try in your own garden.
In Oxfordshire, take your history buffs to 16th century Grey’s Court. They’ll love the 12th century tower and Tudor donkey wheel, as well as the Victorian Ice-House. You could also try mountain biking or just do a good old-fashioned ramble with a picnic across the weir, bluebell woods and parks in the Buscot and Coleshill Estates.
Capability Brown was a design visionary who believed gardens were at their best when they reflected the wildness of the natural world. See his vision at Charlecote Park in Warwickshire and enjoy the stories of a house that was home to one family for 900 years. Then take in the charms of 16th century Tudor house Packwood.