Birthdays ending in ‘0’ invite celebration and we chose Great Milton Manor House (early 1600s with early 20th century additions and window openings), which houses Raymond Blanc’s infamous restaurant. The food did not disappoint, fortunately my credit card did not melt, and the rain cleared so we could enjoy the gardens.
From me I won’t mention the interior of the house other than to say that apart from the food & the service, the decor reminded me of a Hilton (where are the French antiques Raymond)?
Perhaps this is because Great Milton Manor House has become a gardener’s house and all efforts have been focused on the food and, inevitably, where it grows: the gardens.
The gardens are part decorative (lavender walk, old fish pond, Japanese enclave) and part allotment: all organic, including truffle grove & mushroom house. Works continue and a new topiary garden was being installed while were there, while there are plans to develop 20 acres of grass fields into orchards.
The literature offered to visitors explains that there are 50,000 bulbs planted in the grounds, all with a white/cream a yellow theme, complementing the blue, white & purple colour scheme in the herbaceous beds.
In this manicured garden I particularly liked the curved path.
When visited: May 2014