A Flying Visit

A Flying Visit

If you are a keen gardener like us, you might find our weekend activities interesting!
Making a very early start on Saturday morning we caught the 7am flight from Exeter to Manchester. Fifty minutes later we touched down and managed to re-fuel at the Italian deli in Didsbury, South Manchester.

After a “full English” and a couple of Americanos it was off to Arley Hall near Northwich. The gardens of this Victorian Grade 11 listed mansion were created in 1830 and when you have spent time there you realise why they too are listed.

Each of “the rooms” is individual and charming and the gardens rightly boast of the finest herbaceous long borders in the country. The surrounding parklands beautifully set the house and gardens in context.

By lunchtime we were in need of another topping up and a chill-out time so we appreciated our welcome at the Pheasant Inn at Higher Burwardsley in Cheshire, overlooking the Peckforton Valley.

The old inn is full of oak beams and stylish furnishings. Fortunately the tables are sturdy, as the young staff loaded us with great platters of assorted fish and Goosnargh duck and foaming pots of real ale. No wonder the Pheasant is award winning and very well patronised.

Fully replete, it was time to visit Bluebell Cottage Garden in nearby Dutton, where owner Sue Beesley is BBC Gardener of the Year. This is a small garden and nursery which exudes peace and gentleness. The many rustic benches allow you to take in the atmosphere and enjoy the Chelsea, award winning planting.

After a good night’s sleep back in Didsbury and bumping into some of the Coronation Street stars on Sunday morning, (aren’t we a pair of name-droppers?), it was a hop, skip and a jump and we were back in Devon again.

What a stunning weekend!

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