Visit Coton Manor25th February 2010 • Places to Visit • Stephanie Donaldson
Coton Manor Garden near Guilsborough in Northamptonshire is usually open daily between 11am-4pm on Snowdrop & Hellebore Days. It is suggested you check their website to ensure that the garden is open by visiting www.cotonmanor.co.uk . This iconic ten-acre garden occupies a hillside position extending down from the 17th century manor house, constructed of mellow Northamptonshire stone. It is landscaped on different levels, with distinctive smaller gardens providing variety and interest throughout the season, all enhanced by flowing streams, fountains and ponds. If you can’t get to Coton Manor Garden in the winter then the season usually starts on April 1st and runs until the end of September when the garden opens Tuesday-Saturday 12-5.30pm but again it’s worth checking their website before making a trip. Beyond the confines of the garden, there is a magical five acre bluebell wood and a colourful wildflower meadow at its best in June and July. There’s an extensive nursery, a garden shop and light lunches or teas are available from the Stableyard Café. The Garden School at Coton Manor runs some of the best garden courses available (early booking is often essential).