Cotswolds Ducks and National Trust Properties in the Cotswolds

Cotswolds Ducks

These adorable ducklings and their Mama Duck put on quite a show in the lily-bedecked canals of Westbury Court Gardens,  a National Trust property open to the public. I am having a wonderful time this glorious summer touring the Cotswolds, with my husband, via all the National Trust Properties in the Cotswolds.
I was handed a map of all their properties in this lovely region when I visited Chedworth Roman Villa and found it to be joy to visit them one by one – great way to see this area – taking me to parts of the Cotswolds I had never explored.
Westbury Court Garden near Gloucester and the Severn River on the edges of the Cotswolds was a revelation. It is the only 17th Century restored Dutch water garden in Great Britain.  It was originally laid out between 1696 and 1715 and remained untouched for over 300 years.
Hooray, for the National Trust rescuing it in 1967. An engraving from 1707 helped with the first complete garden restoration undertaken by this terrific organization.
Westbury Court Garden is a delight – it has a wealth of unusual plants, the calming trickle of water from the lily-covered canals, the oldest evergreen oak in England, ready for picking English apples,  plums, peaches and cherries espaliered and, in season, ripening against the old red-brick walls. There are Kingfishers, Heron, Sand Martins and of course those darling little ducklings.
We have almost worked our way through all the Cotswolds National Trust Properties making our membership fee a wonderful bargain and worth every penny.
We fairly quickly equaled the cost of our tickets in entrance fees and now it feels like all future visits and return visits are free.

So far we have visited Dyrham Park, Snowshill Manor and Garden, Newark Park, Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate, Upton House and Gardens, Woodchester Park, Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons, Chedworth Roman Villa, Hidcote and Chasleton House.

More on all these with photos in upcoming blog posts:
Still to visit: Charlecote Park, Coughton Court, Croome Greyfriars’ House and Garden, Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Prior Park Landscape Garden, Stowe and Waddesdon Manor.

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The Cotswold Wildlife Park is a great day out with or without kids. There are animals galore, giraffes meerkats, penguins, lions, camels, reindeer and many more. A lovely restaurant (open all day) with indoor/outdoor seating means visitors can take a break while spending all day with the animals. There are scenic gardens and so much of interest. See their website for all kinds of ideas for adults and kids – like being a keeper for a day or the interactive zone. Information about conservation, education and more. There’s a gift shop and a train – the list goes on. The Cotswold Wildlife Park is situated in the lush grounds of an ancient manor house on the Bradwell Grove Estate. Owner John Heyworth has given this estate over to the zoological collection. This setting could not be more beautiful, a long drive from the park gates leads through to a great country estate and right into the animal collection. The park is framed by enormous old oak trees that surround the six hundred year old manor house. California redwoods and giant yew trees loom majestically over visitors and add even more to the many delights of this special place to visit.

Video created by Randall Montgomery

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park is located 2 miles south of the medieval town of Burford, Oxfordshire, on the A361

SatNav Postcode for Cotswolds Wildlife Park OX18 4JP

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