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7 Stately Homes to visit in The Cotswolds this spring


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Blenheim Palace

A round-up of The Cotswolds' statelys could not omit perhaps the grandest of them all, Blenheim. The Palace's formal gardens and circular walks are all open to visitors and from the 12th April the miniature railway and adventure play will be open again for smaller guests. A great time to visit as the gardens are bursting into bloom. Watch out next month as The Luna Drive In Cinema is returning to Blenheim!

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Pic Credit: Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

If you are planning a visit to Sudeley Castle when it re-opens on the 12th, you may be in for a big surprise... not bears but 30 life-size elephant sculptures, dotted throughout the parkland. An arresting sight, the herd are replicas of Indian elephants, part of the Elephant Family charity's work to highlight the decline of wild elephant populations. The Sudeley 30 will join 70 others from around the country in London's Royal Parks this summer. Catch them whilst you can.

Snowshill Manor & Gardens

Snowshill are running an Easter Trail through the grounds until the 18th, if you are looking for a spring activity to keep little ones busy - pick up an activity pack that will lead you through the gardens to complete various puzzles, before claiming your chocolatey treat at the finish.

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Sezincote

Sezincote will be the perfect escape for those suffering from frustrated wanderlust when it reopens on the 21st. The drive is 100% English countryside, lined with towering Oaks, whilst the house itself is straight out of India. Built 200 years ago in the style of a Moghul Indian Palace, from the grand copper dome to the tranquil pools and ornate gardens, a couple of hours lost here will give your travel itch a good scratch.

Chavenage House


Elizabethan Chavenage House in Tetbury may look familiar as it has graced our screens in period dramas such as Tess of the D'Urbevilles and Poldark. Chosen for its untouched historic interior, its factual history is even richer than its fictional, with links to everyone from Edward the Confessor to Oliver Cromwell. A great spring visit for history buffs.

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Buscot Park

Owned and still run by Lord Farringdon and his family, Buscot Park may appear grand but it still retains the intimacy and idiosyncracities of a familial home with an astonishing and noteworthy art collection. The grounds surrounding the 18th century house offer gardens for all seasons - from mature woodland walks to ornate Italianate gardens and statement sculptures which punctuate the parkland.

Charlecote Park

The Deer Park and Wood Yard cafe at Charlecote are open this spring, perfect for a good leg-stretching dog walk with the stunning riverside setting, fallow deer and red brick Victorian manor as a backdrop. Take a picnic and find a spot on the riverbank to spot local kingfishers and rare butterflies. A tranquil spot to enjoy this spring.

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