Posted 25th Aug 2016
With 1st September heralding the beginning of autumn in England, you can take a trip to some of the Treasure Houses of England and immerse yourself in russet tones and spectacular autumn colours, along with both cultivated and wild parkland
Have you ever visited Beaulieu? Meaning 'beautiful place', it is a truly wondrous location to admire autumn, offering peace and tranquillity within it's walled cloisters and herb garden. You can take a tour of the Ornamental Kitchen Garden, which boasts an 1870's restored vine house, while you can walk along the scenic Mill Pond to take in the natural splendour of the Wilderness Garden. There will be the Fireworks Spectacular to look forward to on 29 October - choreographed to music it is one of the biggest events in the south.
The 2,000 acres of parkland at Blenheim Palace transform into an array of warm colours, making it a beautiful time of year to enjoy stunning landscape and views. Celebrating 300 years of 'Capability' Brown, visitors will be able to take the Viewpoints Trails and witness some of the best Brownian views in all of their autumnal glory. Other highlights include Michelangelo Pistoletto at Blenheim Palace, Art Exhibition (14 September - 31 December) and the Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film & Music (13-16 October).
Burghley's State Rooms will be transformed with floral displays for the Burghley Flower Festival (1-9 October). Inspired by the botanical theme of 'Royal Households of Europe', which is celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday, it will see 17th century art situated beneath opulently painted ceilings. There will also be the chance to explore a deer park, along with the Garden of Surprises and Sculpture Garden.
Stroll through Ray Wood at Castle Howard and enjoy some of the season's most striking tones and resplendent colours, courtesy of the gorgeous shrubs and trees, along with a huge array of ripened fruit and berries. Why not crunch through the leaves before enjoying a nice tea and cake before heading into the house to warm up by a crackling log fire?
Chatsworth Garden has evolved for more than 450 years and the 105 acre area shows no sign of stopping now. There is plenty to enjoy at every turn, including the Lancelot 'Capability' Brown talk and guided tour which is taking place on 17 September. This will delve into Brown's involvement with the landscaping of Chatsworth during the 18th century.
Harewood has over 100 acres of garden, with plants from all over the world, in a setting created by Brown. The renowned Bird Garden is home to some of the world's most exotic species, varying from penguins and owls, to flamingos and parrots. The popular Himalayan Garden is an extraordinary world in miniature, a real plant-hunter's paradise.
Hatfield House is the centre-piece of the largest private estate in Hertfordshire. The woodlands cover an extensive spread across the country, offering a rich diversity in habitat and species. There is also a variety in woodland types, including the traditional coppice with standards, woodland and commercial conifer broadleaved mixtures, continuous cover systems and minimum intervention woodlands.
Holkham Hall's Plant Fair will be held from 24-25 September, allowing visitors to stock up on garden essentials and view a vast array of plants. One of this year's highlights will include a series of gardening 'Masterclass' Talks, where visitors will be taught how to make the most of their gardens by Holkham's gardeners. There will also be the spectacular arboretum with some of its many unusual and rare specimen trees looking especially resplendent in their autumn foliage.
Leeds Castle is incredibly picturesque, situated in a beautiful 500 acres of parkland. There is the Wood Garden, which follows the curve of the River Len to the Pavilion Lawn. The Festival of Flowers will return from 24-28 September with the theme of 'A Queen's Castle' and will transform the Castle rooms into works of art through displays that are created by international and award winning florists and floral designers.
The tranquil Abbey Gardens at Woburn Abbey will be open for all to enjoy the brilliance of Humphry Repton. You will able to journey through 30 acres of serene formal and natural garden environments, including manicured lawn and colourful flower beds to the peaceful woodland glades or the ponds that are teeming with life. There is plenty to discover as well, from the recently added bog garden, complete with carnivorous plants, to a carefully restored Doric Temple.