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Today the boys and I headed to Coton Manor Garden. I’ve been looking forward to our visit here as I have seen so many other people’s photos and it looked amazing.
When you arrive on the property you head down the left side along and around the corner of the house. Here you can pay your entrance fee and enter the gardens.
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Due to our visit being during lockdown a one-way system had been put in place which I actually really appreciated. There are lots of areas of the garden I think we probably would have missed due to them being hidden behind trees and bushes but by following the arrows it led us to these secret areas.
coton manor gardens…
Around every corner there was something to look at – a pond, a statue, an interesting shaped tree, animals, or simply the amazing views!
I didn’t realise there were animals at Coton Manor until we took a winding track around some trees and I could hear some grunting. A couple of pigs appeared and some cows in the joining field.
Carrying on through the garden we came across some chicken and a bit later some ducks and flamingoes! I am not sure I have ever seen flamingoes in the flesh before. At first, they didn’t look real but as you approached you could see them moving. These are roaming free through the garden although I suspect they stay close to the water.
From here the route around Coton Manor gardens offered the choice of exploring the neighbouring meadow and woodland. This doubled our walking but was worth it.
the gift shop…
On the way out of the garden, there are lots of plants available to purchase plus a gift shop selling some local jams, gardening equipment, jewellery, scarves, and bags.
Once you have completed the gardens you can head up to get some lunch. Normally they have lots of indoor and outdoor seating but for today it was takeaway only. There were sandwiches, toasties, quiches, and even a few hot meals available. We purchased ours then had a little picnic back at the car.
facilities and accessibility at coton manor…
There were toilets located in the courtyard area, near the entrance to the gardens including a disabled/ nappy change toilet. A couple of days before we headed to the garden I messages them through Facebook and asked if the gardens were suitable for a pram and they said yes however I don’t think they are. We took a small buggy with us as Hudson never walks far but there are a number of steps, some really narrow and some other narrow footpaths. It was also really tricky pushing it through the meadow of thick grass and up the steepish hill of the woodland.
It’s also important to note the opening times of Coton Manor gardens. They are open from 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm Tuesday to Sunday and are closed on Mondays. This may change when lockdown has been fully lifted so make sure you check their website for details.
Have you been to Coton Manor Gardens? What did you think?