During record breaking weather for February, the temperature was a dizzy 18 degrees, Finn and I had a lovely day out at the Rococo Gardens at Painswick. It is the country’s sole surviving complete rococo garden.
The garden was designed in the 1740s by Benjamin Hyett to entertain his guests at Painswick House. I wasn’t sure what a Rococo garden was but after reading the information boards I am now reliably informed that Rococo describes a period of art fashionable in Europe in the 1700s and features ornamental decoration and pastel colours. The gardens reflect this with its symmetrical lines and many quirky follies dotted amongst the woodland, together with a kitchen garden and maze.
We spent a couple of hours wandering the garden, and didn’t get too lost in the maze before retiring to the excellent café for refreshments. Dogs are allowed in the cafe which is situated at the entrance to the gardens so you can just pop if you fancy a coffee without going in the gardens.
The whole garden (except the kitchen garden area) is dog friendly and I would highly recommend if you are in the area with your four legged friend for a leisurely couple of hours.