{take me away № 14 | the magic of winter gardens}

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For many, it is the dreamthe dream to travel abroad and to walk the very grounds in which were walked upon by great literary artists long ago—their words replaying in our minds and lives today. The dream to breath in the scent of the famously fragrant roses, lovingly kept and carefully maintained . . .


. . . to take tea as was traditionally planned and created, to touch upon the stones that were laid so many years ago and to gaze up to the thatch roof lines of centuries gone by.


The heart of England lies within the very threads of its culture—the language of customs, of beauty, of traditions, of arts. Indeed, the dream does not lie in sights alone, but in scents, tastes, sounds, and feelings of the heart itself—a secret that whispers about, and if we listen, we might just catch on.


And just when most life is asleep for the duration of this winter season, we might see a whole new angle to the respected art of one of the most integral parts of England: English gardens. And in truth, the lines and forms of such spectacular gardens might be most appreciated in their simplicity, draped in alabaster frost.


. . . and so, today we ask you to join us as we set along on foot, imagining a walk in and amongst some of the greatest gardens in the world there ever were . . .

01 | Stourhead, Wiltshire


Regally rated with five golden stars, Stourhead is considered to be one of the finest gardens in the world. It lies within the privacy and intimacy of its very own valley and features a breathtaking lake, adorned with classical temples, grottos and rare, exotic trees, and is often referred to as ‘Paradise’.


Henry Hoare II created the garden in the 1740's, carefully planning the landscape around how visitors might experience the property.
As he developed the garden more and more, he chose to add classical features to it, such as the Temple of Flora, the Pantheon, the Temple of Apollo, as well as Gothic ruins, to entrance and surprise guests, and to bewilder and enchant. Thanks to such, he became fondly known as ‘Henry the Magnificent’. It is quite plain to see why.


Today, we may enjoy the garden almost identically as it was first planned. Visitors are welcome to drop in and explore the grounds throughout the year.
To enjoy it in its entirety and splendor—from the blossoming of summer to the frosty breeze and cool of winter. You may also visit Stourhead house while there, with its unique Regency library, Chippendale furniture and inspirational paintings.


[editor's note: some may remember the Temple of Apollo and Palladian Bridge, from scenes in the film, Pride & Prejudice, as well as Chatsworth House [see below], as Mr. Darcy's estate; in fact, a bust of Mr. Darcy was on display at the house for many years]
roséline x



01 | Stourhead Gardens Bed & Breakfast:
An elegant accommodation for those who do not wish to leave the garden.

| Whoolley Grange Hotel and Spa:
A grand and luxurious hotel that is family-friendly.

03 | Howard’s House Country Hotel and Restaurant:
A lovely hotel, tucked away from the hustle and bustle.


01 | The restaurant at Stourhead:
A lovely restaurant serving traditional British food with local ingredients.

02 | Hox Brasserie:
A stylish restaurant offering southern Indian cuisine.

03 | Cote Brasserie:
A beautiful, award-winning restaurant serving wonderful French cuisine.

02 | Chatsworth, Derbyshire


"The immaculate gardens of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire" —Kirsty Maclean,
The English Garden.

Set high in the Peak District of Derbyshire, England, lies Chatsworth Gardens. The property boasts 1, 105 acres of magnificent grounds with an equally grand and regal house.


But the story of the house and gardens began some 450 years ago, back in 1555 when Sir William Chatsworth first built the house.


The gardens were composed just shortly after, and since, have changed and have been added to, with each generation's habitation of the property. According to many, the variety and accumulation is exactly what has makes the property so charming to visit.


Upon visiting, one may feel a little overwhelmed with all there is to take in, from the 300 year old Cascade and the enormous gravity-fed Emperor fountain, (one of the highest gravity-fed fountains in the world) to the large maze, ponds, guard-like yews that line the frosted Board Walk, and Paxton's architecturally pleasing Rock Garden.


Indeed, this wonderful destination attracts many not only for the beautiful gardens, but also for the house (a tour can be booked) the farmyard and adventure playground (perfect for little ones), its two restaurants, five gift shops, and much more. Chatsworth is open to visitors throughout the year, (though closed for a garden tour after Christmas until March).



01 |
Danna Farm Country House:
A luxury accommodation set in a stunning rural location.

02 | Palace Hotel:
A majestic hotel of heritage, combined with contemporary comforts.

03 |
Cavendish Hotel:
An elegant hotel set on the Chatsworth estate itself.


01 | Anoki:
A breathtaking restaurant offering delicious Indian cuisine.

| Sadlergates Black Rock Grill:

A brand new, stylish steak restaurant with unique features.

03 |
Darleys Restaurant & Terrace:

An award-winning restaurant offering fine European cuisine.

03 | Cliveden, Buckingham shire


Set only 45 minutes west of London, Cliveden, meaning "valley among cliffs", is a grand country retreat of 376 acres—the perfect escape from the city. Originally constructed for the Duke of Buckingham back in 1666, the site sits upon a wooded plateau, overlooking the River Thames. Though an amalgamation of famous talents has gone into the design of the incredible gardens, the most recently work has been completely by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe for the Astors, (American owners of the property), in 1959.


Though the property is quite old, due to disasters over the years, the present house and garden we now enjoy were designed by Sir Charles Barry in 1849. Throughout the grounds, you will find architectural edifices including an amphitheater, a grand stone pavilion and an octagon temple, plus the famous "Fountain of Love"—as commissioned by Astor.


Today, the impressive Italianate Cliveden house is one of the world's finest luxury hotels, welcoming visitors from all over the world to stay. Guests may explore the woodlands, water garden, the magnificent formal garden that surround the house (complete with a lovely fitness trail and children’s play area) and even a well-manicured maze -- truly a lovely place to stay in and to explore.



01 |
Cliveden and Pavilion Spa:
A world-renowned hotel sitting on the garden property.

| French Horn Hotel:

A quintessential English country experience with fine accommodations.

03 |
Stoke Park:

A 5 star accommodation boasting the finest in interior design and comfort.


01 | Halibut:
A chic and modern restaurant serving a lovely selection of fine seafood.

02 | The Hand & Flowers:
A Michelin Star, award-winning pub restaurant with traditional English and French cuisine.

03 | The Artichoke Restaurant:
An acclaimed restaurant in Old Amersham, offering refined modern European cuisine

~ sarah, haute design


p r e v i o u s l y :

* take me away № 01 | perfectly packed
* take me away № 02 | luggage to last a lifetime
* take me away № 03 | tips for buying luggage
* take me away № 04 | vintage & antique luggage
* take me away № 05 | the travel file
* take me away № 06 | an equestrian escape
* take me away № 07 | la maison du chocolat
* take me away № 08 | holiday etiquette

* take me away № 09 | st. petersburg, russia
* take me away № 10 | holiday etiquette, part two
* take me away № 11 | travel by train
* take me away № 12 | venice, italy
* take me away № 13 | a wintry escape

{images: the daily mail // seaofbirds via a previous post // rachel ashwell // rachel ashwell // fennel & fern // Satoshi Onoda // Karen Weeks // BHLDN via pinterest // gastrosophia // anthonyspencer // wildfox // elaine hodgson // Visit Peak District // Paul Sloane // vsloveee // armene // nightsinhaze // French Horn Hotel // maketimetotime // Pas grand-chose // French Horn Hotel // La Mignonette // Heathman Hotel PDX // Doug McMasters}

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Blogger Stacey Queen of Rants and Ramblings said...

what a fairy tale!

January 12, 2012  
Blogger Jackie {York Avenue} said...

This is such a fantastically written and absolutely beautiful post. I LOVE everything about these gardens, these literally look like paradise to me. I am dying to go abroad and visit! It's all so romantic and Jane Austen-esque. Actually these remind me of a place called Westbury Gardens on Long Island near where I'm from, it's a beautiful estate with gorgeous, lush gardens and grounds. I used to go there all the time with my mom, but haven't been in a while. I'm more likely to get there before I get to these places in England, but I hope one day be lucky enough to visit these gardens you displayed. Lovely, lovely post.

January 12, 2012  
Blogger Mimma ♥ said...

Amazing this pics!


January 12, 2012  
Blogger Moda said...

Quante belle foto!

Baci Marcella

January 12, 2012  
Blogger The Caledonian Mining Expedition Company said...

Absolutely breathtaking. Wonderful travel tips. Thank you!

January 12, 2012  
Blogger Melissa said...

Pretty Pretty Pretty. England is one of my favorite places to visit. These photos make me want to hop on a plane today!

January 12, 2012  
Blogger Supal said...

I love how a lot of these travel posts cover Europe! Can't wait to move there :)

January 12, 2012  
Anonymous Stephanie Niko said...

I’m imagining cranberry-stained lips, jet black mascara, faux-fur-trimmed coat, and a ruby necklace for traveling to this winter wonderland.

January 12, 2012  
Blogger Tricia Rose said...

I loved visiting gardens when I lived in England, and I have loved this winter tour - and the frequent hot chocolates! From here it seems like Narnia...

January 12, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lovely, dreamy escape! Thank you for sharing!

xoxo Alexi

January 12, 2012  
Blogger Toral {Sequin Habit} said...

How beautiful!

January 12, 2012  
Blogger Cynthia said...

This IS my dream.

January 12, 2012  
Blogger Laura said...

Stourhead is beautiful at any time of year but I've never been in winter, I will have to add it to my to-do list :)

January 12, 2012  
Blogger Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie said...

Such a dreamy post!



January 12, 2012  
Blogger Julie said...

So lovely! I wanted to jump right into the images.


January 12, 2012  
Blogger Tamra said...

What a dreamy location! Normally I'm one for jetting off to beaches, but those places look magical.

January 12, 2012  
Anonymous Nicole Guarascio said...

As if I didn;t want to live in a Downton Abbey wonderland already...this post is stunning!

January 13, 2012  
Anonymous alt916 said...

Where is the beautiful yellow estate in the first photo? Is it Chatsworth? The entire scene looks as if it's been dusted in powdered sugar! This post makes me actually want to be in *that* snow...it's magical.

January 13, 2012  
Blogger Mabiel said...

just discovered.. love this series! :)

January 17, 2012  
Blogger Simone said...

The most beautiful post I've seen for a long long time, absolutely stunning!!

I've been to Chatsworth & agree that it's beautiful.

Well done Sarah!

January 17, 2012  
Blogger Yunstation said...

love your photos

January 29, 2012  
Blogger Charity Hall said...

Always always always love this blog

March 01, 2012  

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