Visit Hidcote Bartrim, Chipping Campden
This beautiful hamlet sits alongside the world-famous gardens of Hidcote Manor, which was donated to the National Trust in 1948. Settled in the hillside 2 miles North East of Chipping Campden. The fame is linked to the great horticulturist Lawrence Johnson, who spent 40 years creating a magical 11 acres of lush gardens. The gardens are divided into 'rooms' separated by mellow Cotswolds stone walls & hedges. A mixture of formal & wild gardens for visitors to enjoy. The National Trust proudly describe the site as 'one of the most delightful gardens in England' & during the hazy summer months it is difficult to dispute this claim. Lawrence Johnson was born in Paris to an American family. He spent time in South Africa during the Second Boer War & travelled widely throughout Europe gaining knowledge & inspiration of plants which he used to create the array of garden rooms on show. There is an entrance fee to explore the gardens & Manor, however the neighbouring hamlet with its collection of Cotswold cottages & thatched roofs is free to enjoy. A local folklore tale linked to this tiny hamlet a few miles South from the village of Mickleton is the aptly named 'Mickleton Hooter'.
There are claims that an unusual sound can be heard from this beast, described as a moaning of screeching. Said to originate from a strange creature, part calf, part man that roams through the valley. Other stories describe the wailing of Sir Edward Greville's son, who was killed by his father in the 16th Century being mistaken for a robber at 'Weeping Hollow'. Despite the strange stories associated with this location, any unusual noises you may hear can be explained by the geographical location, the steep sided valley acts like a funnel, distorting or amplifying the sounds carried on the wind. Or if you prefer the local tales please ignore the previous sentence!
Nearby you have the renowned 'Kiftsgate Gardens' they provide a fabulous contrast to Hidcote, only a few minutes away on foot & well worth enjoying whilst you are in the local area.
This is a short distance from the wonderful market town of Chipping Campden, a couple of miles walk or a short ride in a local taxi. If you decide to walk from Chipping Campden, find the Heart of England path on Station Road, next to St James Church & follow the path past Mickleton Hills Farm, you will reach 'Furze Lane, turn right on to the road, at the next left hand road junction follow the road along & were the road & footpath fork, bear right along the road to Hidcote Bartrim.