Our Visit To Cliveden Gardens, South Buckinghamshire
We’ve been National Trust members for years, but unless we visit properties when we’re on holiday, we tend to stick to the same old tried and tested favourites… Stowe Landscape Gardens, Waddesdon Manor, Anglesey Abbey and Wimpole Estate and Farm. They are all fantastic, but we decided to go a bit further afield and try out Cliveden Gardens, in between Beaconsfield and Slough.
Unusually for the National Trust, you can’t visit the house, unless you are rich, as it’s been turned into a posh hotel.
The gardens are well worth a visit, especially on a beautiful sunny day like we had. I wouldn’t go on a wet day though as there isn’t much cover! After getting a bit lost, due to the rather unhelpful map, as we tried to meet up with my mum, dad, sister Debbie, and niece Bonnie, we finally found them and had lunch, much to everyone’s relief.
Dad took the opportunity to fill out a comments card…
Then for a spot of hide and seek and tree-climbing.
We loved the view of the formal gardens, but got a bit scared the girls might fall through the holes!
Then, some hill rolling!
All that rolling makes you a bit hot, so we needed Mini Milks.
The grounds really are beautiful.
The Magical Book-THemed Play area at Cliveden Gardens
We finished our day out with a visit to the brilliant story book-themed play area.
They are especially taken with Ratty and Moley from ‘The Wind in the Willows’ as we’ve been enjoying the old stop animation TV movie recently.
All in all, a lovely day out, though the map could be better!