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Matara Gardens of Wellbeing


Summer is the perfect time to discover one of the most amazing gardens near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. The Matara Gardens at Kingcote location is a spiritual unique place with beautiful grounds, gardens and buildings.


There is a Chinese-inspired cloistered garden with its pagoda, pond and waterfall, as well as many woodland and walled gardens, herb gardens and meditation spirals and trails.


We had fun exploring this magical place and every detail was precious.

Wander through woods and wildflower meadow where was awash with a variety of colourful wild flowers such as buttercups, red clover, poppies, as well as many grass varieties.

The bees and other insects were busy frantically gathered pollen and nectar from the flowers.


Then we walked further and find the wish tree, maze, ponds, sculptures and the walled garden. It’s all very picturesque and tranquil. Stepping into this beautiful garden you feel immediately a sense of calm.  It has a lovely relaxed, natural feel.

Yes it is that simple!  This garden inspired me and let my imagination and energy roam free.


It was great to explore somewhere new!


Hingham Court Gardens!

One more visit to an English Country Garden…..Hingham Court Gardens… on the day of an Open Gardens event. We spent the day there with friends and our children.   It was a rainy day, yet we enjoyed every minute of it.

Highnam Court was built in 1648 and the magnificent gardens designed by the Victorian artist Thomas Gambier Parry and recently restored by the current owner Roger Head. It’s a gorgeous landscape garden 40 acres with a beautiful lake, wooden sculptures , ponds full of lily pads, bridges and a grotto as well as a beautiful arched wisteria walk.

We also went to see Highnam Church near the Estate and we were impressed by the frescos and the stained glass windows.

Visit to Highgrove garden!


As a garden lover….. I had the chance to visit Highgrove garden today, Prince’s Charles residence in the Cotswolds…Highgrove in my eyes is a delightful place….loved the wildflower meadows….the walled garden …..the Carpet garden which was a new addition and inspired by an Islamic theme with ceramic tiles ,roses, olive and orange trees….I could walk forever in this garden!!!

The whole experience was breathtaking, with stunning and lush landscape from woodland gardens to wild flower meadows. Very tranquil place and calming atmosphere –full of colours, scents, and sounds! Every area I saw every corner or enclosure has something to tell a little story and offer visitors a visual pleasure and a calming atmosphere.

Highgrove is an organic self -sufficient  vegetable and fruit garden and there is a clear evidence that Prince Charles practices what he preaches.

There is no doubt that Highgrove is simply an amazing place and garden and has a relaxed feel and it’s definitely worth a visit.

I quote the Prince’s Charles words:

A garden should delight the eye, warm the heart and feed the soul!

Miserden Park Gardens!

An autumnal visit to a beautiful garden like the Miserden it is always very rewarding.  Miserden garden is a Victorian walled garden with the 17th century Manor House (which is not open to the public) stands high overlooking the Golden Valley.  It has roses, fine specimen trees, shrubs, herbs, orchards and a nice pub in the village the Carpenter’s Arms.  I love Cotswolds villages and the countryside.

Sunshine ….and Fresh Air 2011!!

On Sunday 26/6/11 we’ve had a wonderful day at the 10th Quenington Sculpture Show in the riverside garden of Quenington Old Rectory near Cirencester. The exhibition was contemporary artwork in a stunning outdoor setting .

It was a great way to enjoy  a very sunny day!!

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