The Courts, Holt

Come with me, if you will, speak in hushed tones and let me show you the secret delights of a real English garden.

Well ok, not entirely secret…the car park was jammed full (but I rather suspect the National Trust employs sorcerers to magic away the people so as not to spoil the tranquility of the garden)

Anyone who follows my blogs/Facebook page will know that Mark and I have a selection of favourite gardens (mostly National Trust) scattered around Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset…one of these is The Courts in Holt. You enter the garden through wrought iron gates in a high wall, pay (or show your membership card) at a small ‘shed’, and walk through a living green honour guard offering teasing glimpses of the garden beyond, past the house (and tea room) in to the formal gardens, divided in to ‘rooms’ by wonderfully shaped hedges and pathways, each with such different character, it is like visiting numerous gardens rather than just one.

I love the simplicity of white and green at Lacock Abbey at this time of year, but I also love the riot of colour on offer at The Courts.

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The irises are looking particularly good…

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The garden is designed in such a way that you catch views of the house and secret gardens and today families enjoying picnics.

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Water plays a role in the garden – from the beautiful ponds, looking all Monet…

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Always fascinated by insects, it looks like something has shed its skin on this lily pad

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the ponds attract dragonflies, looking like they are enameled brooches

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…to micro water features.

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Of course I never can resist photographing bees, and they love the big purple allium.

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I think these pretty pots are auricula…I would love some of these in my garden.

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I sometimes wonder if this guard dog prowls the grounds once the visitors go home…!

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My oh so patient other half carries my camera bag and spare lenses and quietly waits while I add to my ever growing collection of photos.

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We were disappointed not to see the cat we usually meet at the Courts, but we did meet this one as we followed the path by the brook to the Glove Factory.

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Rounded off a lovely visit with a delicious lunch at the cafe at the Glove Factory…potted pork washed down with homemade still lemonade…mmmmm!

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If you should find yourself anywhere near Holt in Wiltshire, do check out The Courts – it really is a remarkable garden.

 

 

 

 

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2 responses to “The Courts, Holt

  1. You know, National Trust should hire you to do their advertising – you write so beautifully (and the photos!) that I want to go to Holt NOW! What a spectacular place! Why, oh why, am I stuck here in Sweden and not strolling around those lovely gardens??

    • Well you know, as ever, Mark and I were saying we must make sure you see The Courts (and Great Chalfield) the next time you visit! I found myself planning the day…brunch at the Glove Factory, a tour of Great Chalfield and a wander around the gardens and the little church, then a leisurely stroll around The Courts rounded off with a cup of tea (and perhaps a toasted crumpet or slice of cake) at the tea room…you will love the china they use…gorgeous teapots and teacups!

      You just tell us when, book the flights and we will take care of the rest!

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