I had reason to be in Worcester the other day and I thought on the way home I would find a snowdrop garden. After a bit of looking around, I realised the Croome was sort of on the way home, so it became the destination of choice.
I first visited Croome about eight years ago, it was in a period of transition at that time as I think the National Trust were just starting to lease the house. I remember that the house was empty except for exhibitions inviting comments on what they might do with the house. The house and grounds have had a varied history of ownership, including a period as a school, a conference centre, a hotel and also requisitioned in World War 2. As ever though, my focus was on the grounds. Croome was the first landscape completed by Capability Brown and it is a fine example of his work.
cave of hanging rocks. Inside, there are sweet waters and seats of stone. Nymph home". It is not a bad home, though I hope it has central heating too as she is a little half-clothed.
I was probably walking for around an hour and it was such a good way of clearing my head. I returned to the car a tired but happier person.
Other snowdrop gardens visited this year:
Easton Walled Gardens
Little Ponton Hall
Holme Pierrepont Hall