Capability Brown ‘WOWW’ Trail

22/02/2016
2016 marks the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth, the famed gardener whose incredible gardens and sculpted landscapes still thrive amidst country mansions and estates across the UK. In celebration, Farm Stay UK has launched a new Capability Brown Garden Trail, showing green-fingered travellers how to combine stays in quaint rural B&Bs on working farms with visits to some of the big names in Brown’s portfolio nearby.

This self-drive trail is best done over a week or more and the route traverses the Cotswolds, guaranteeing stunning driving scenery along the way. Taking in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire (nicknaming this the WOWW trail) – the trail takes in some of Brown’s most famous work as well as lesser-known gems; including Croome Court in Worcestershire and Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, where Downtown Abbey was recently filmed.

Leg 1 - Kick off with a Capability Cluster in Wiltshire – Park Farm Barn B&B, Wiltshire

Situated amidst peaceful countryside on the edge of the Corsham Court Estate is Park Farm Barn B&B; a cosy, welcoming rural B&B with 4 rooms, ideally situated for a 2 or 3 night stay for those looking to explore Wiltshire’s many Capability Brown gardens. Just a stone’s throw away from Corsham Court’s own Brown-created landscape, guests staying at Park Farm Barn can head to the Court to discover Brown’s “Great Walk" creation- a one mile long path with trees planted along its length- as well as a beautiful gothic bath house and orangery amidst his carefully-sculpted grounds. Afterwards, head to Lacock Abbey where Downtown Abbey was recently filmed, with Brown’s iconic ‘lake and woodland’ landscapes at Dyrham Park, Longleat, Stourhead and Bowood House all also within 30 minute drive of the accommodation. If you crave a bit of an urban buzz, the gentle Georgian city of Bath is just a few miles away from the B&B.

2 nights at Park Farm Barn B&B are available from £80 per person based on two sharing a double room on a B&B basis.

Leg 2 – Burford, Blenheim Palace and Broadway – Potters Hill, nr Burford, Oxfordshire

The second leg heads north into bucolic Burford, an idyllic town deep in the heart of Cotswolds country, around an hour and a half’s drive from Park Farm Barn in Wiltshire. Just a few miles outside this picture-perfect town is Potters Hill Farm B&B, a converted former coach house set in 15 acres of peaceful, mature parkland bustling with wildlife; offering three tastefully decorated rooms and generous breakfasts piled high with delicious local produce. The World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace is just 20 minutes away, where it’s easy to spend a day marvelling at the huge 17th century stately home and Capability Brown-designed gardens. 45 minutes north and not far from Stratford-Upon-Avon is Brown’s Compton Verney, now an arts centre, and an easy place to enjoy a day marvelling at the 120 acre Capability Brown parkland; boasting a fantastic sculpture and art collection from across the world. A 2 night stay at Potters Hill Farm would be ideal for marvelling at these two fantastic examples of Brown’s work, with plenty of time to explore the quaint Cotswold villages of Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water thrown in besides.

2 nights at Potters Hill Farm B&B are available from £80 per person based on two sharing on a B&B basis.

Leg 3 - Across the Cotswolds to Croome – Green Farm, Worcestershire

The final leg of the trail takes you through the North Cotswolds to Worcestershire, where Grade II listed Green Farm B&B on the edge of the pretty village of Crowle will act as your base. This oak-beamed farmhouse sits on a 26 acre smallholding and offers two generous B&B rooms with their own private living quarters and entrances. Delicious home-cooked breakfasts are served up each morning, complete with eggs freshly laid by the farm’s own chickens, as well homemade jams, fruit from the orchards and honey from the farm’s bees. This acts as the perfect base to explore the jewel in the Capability Brown Crown for many and his first landscape design- Croome Court in Worcestershire. His work here spanned 30 years, with the grounds planted with 6,000 species of plant on his orders; reflecting the exotic flora of the later 18th century, including some from Captain Cook’s southern seas forays. Other Brown gardens less than an hour’s drive away include Ragley, boasting 10 acres of his gardens, and Berrington Court on the welsh border; one of Brown’s final landscapes. A 2 or 3 night stay at Green Farm provides ample time for exploring the Capability Brown-rich corner of the UK, and the ideal way to round-off this horticultural-themed trail.

3 nights at The Green Farm B&B are available from £112 per person based on two sharing a double room on a B&B basis.

In total, the 7 night Capability Brown ‘WOWW’ Trail - when staying the recommended number of nights as outlined above - is priced from £272pp based on two sharing on a B&B basis. Price excludes entrance to any Capability Brown gardens. To book the properties featured on the trail, please visit their pages.

                      
 
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