Created in the 1740’s as a pleasure garden for Benjamin Hyett, is this English, country gentleman’s playground.
Painswick Rococo Garden, Cotswold is set in a beautiful hidden valley. It offers spectacular, far-reaching views of the Gloucestershire countryside.
Designed for partying, this decadent garden features stunning follies and hidden garden structures all dating back to the flamboyant 1700’s Rococo era.
It is the only surviving Rococo garden in Britain.
Rococo is an exceptionally theatrical style of decoration. It combines asymmetry, curves, gilding, white and pastel colors, to help create the illusions of surprise, movement and drama. All of which works extremely well in this garden setting.
Whenever I have visited Painswick, I can clearly imagine the extravagant parties that were once held here.
Painswick now caters for weddings and celebrations. It is easy to see why anyone would choose this garden as a venue for their special day.
Painswick Rococo Gardens Highlights
Since 1984 the buildings within the garden along with the overgrown woodlands have undergone extensive restoration.
Now, as you come through the entrance arch you look straight out over the orchards and wildflower meadow to an elaborate kitchen garden.
This vegetable plot is full of delicious edibles, some of which are used in the cafe.
If you grow your own vegetables you will be astounded at the quality and sheer size of some of the vegetables grown here. I swear everything could be entered in the biggest produce competitions and win numerous prizes.
Bordering the vegetable garden are beautifully pruned fruit trees trained along the fences. You will find many varieties of apples, pears and plum trees.
Painswick Rococo Gardens have for several years now, been fundraising to purchase grape vines. These have been planted on the far side of the kitchen garden. They take advantage of the slopes, enabling the grapes to have full sun.
I look forward, in some year in the near future to being able to sample some wines made from these vines.
There are acres of woodland walks too. In February these woods are carpeted in snowdrops.
Families have fun trying to find the centre of the unusual maze and then finding their way out again.
There are also activity trails for children.
You may come across as well a plunge pool in a secluded part of the garden.
Fed by a natural spring, the pool water is crystal clear and icy cold. A perfect antidote for the probably hungover party-goers.
Now it offers a cool, quiet seating area where you could relax and watch the world go by. Take a picnic maybe, there are any number of lovely spots to be able to enjoy one.
You are able too, to organise, with the help of course of events staff at Painswick your own private parties and celebrations that can be held in the gardens. A glorious venue for any outdoor get together with friends and family. So why not make it a picnic?
The cafe is housed in old stables, in February when I visited last, there was a log burner roaring away, making the cafe very inviting and cosy.
The staff are polite and friendly.
Home made cakes are served as well as light lunches and snacks.
The homemade soup was absolutely delicious and, I believe made with produce from the gardens.
There is a small shop with a selection of quality plants, gifts and preserves.
The Cafe and Shop are both accessible to wheelchairs.
There is an accessible toilet on site.
Painswick Gardens were created in a hidden valley over 250 years ago and as such their very nature consists of steep paths and uneven surfaces.
It is estimated that around twenty percent of the garden is accessible to wheelchairs.
There are handrails on the steepest slopes and there lots of benches dotted around the garden for anyone who finds that they may need a rest.
It is not recommended to attempt to visit the garden if you use a motorised scooter due to the nature of the terrain.
Well-behaved dogs on leads, along with their well-behaved owners are welcome at Painswick. Snacks for dogs are available at the cafe.
Places to Stay Near Painswick Gardens
The Painswick Hotel and Restaurant.
A rather luxurious Cotswold hotel. Nestled very nicely in the ‘Queen of the Cotswold’ village of Painswick, this Palladian house is a lovely, welcoming home-from-home.
Roaring fires, sumptuous sofas and sixteen well-appointed bedrooms.
Court House Manor
Located in the centre of picturesque Painswick, the Court House Manor Hotel is a stunning 17th Century building offering unique rooms, perfectly situated for a Cotswold getaway.
Painswick village is very quaint and quintessentially English. It boasts several small shops, cafes and Bed and Breakfast.
For Holiday Cottages in the Painswick area please visit:
Painswick Rococo Gardens are a unique insight to this flamboyant design style and well worth a visit. I have visited this garden several times when I have been in the area at different times of year and have always been delighted by it.
It never seems to be overcrowded, always peaceful and I always find something new, be it seasonal plants or discovering a different path to venture along.
It isn’t huge, you can see most of it within an afternoon but It is truly a hidden gem.
I hope you find this article useful, please do visit if you get the chance, you won’t be disappointed.
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Daily except Saturday 25th May 2019, when we will be closed all day.
• 10th January – 31st October, 10.30am – 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm)
• 1st November – 1st December, 10.30am – 4pm (last admission at 3.30pm)
Adults £9.90 incl Gift Aid £8.95 excl Gift Aid
Children 4-16 years £4.50 incl Gift Aid £4.00 excl Gift Aid
Family 2+4 £24.95 incl Gift aid £21.95 excl Gift Aid
Painswick Rococo Gardens