The Northumberland portfolio includes the contemporary exuberance of Alnwick Gardens, contrasting wonderfully with the 900 acres of Cragside and Belsay Hall’s 30 acres of magnificent formal and informal gardens.
Cragside, famous for its rhododendrons, was the home of Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius Lord Armstrong. His house was a wonder of its age and the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity.
The ornamental college gardens of Kirkley Hall houses 35,000 different species of plants while Wallington Gardens’ 400 acres bearing the distinctive hallmark of Capability Brown and the formal gardens of Chillingham Castle are showcases for gardening enthusiasts.
Paxton House near Berwick also sits in the premier league of stately and historic homes.
Across the border and into the Scottish Borders there is also an embarrassment of riches on the homes and gardens front.
Leading the way are Floors Castle, Mellerstain House, Bowhill, home of the Dukes of Buccleuch, Sir Walter Scott’s home and ‘conundrum castle’ at Abbotsford and Traquair House.
All have extensive grounds and walks set amid beautiful border backdrops.
Kailzie Gardens, a few miles up the road from Traquair, is one of the most relaxing and interesting stops you could make in the Scottish Borders. Beautiful walks are augmented by several visitor attractions that include the Tweed Valley Osprey Watch and fishing lakes.