Guy Fawkes & gorgeous gardens
I’ve visited Coughton more than any other historic house in England and I love its atmosphere, sense of place and its grounds and gardens. This Tudor house has been the the home of the Throckmorton family, one of Britain’s oldest Catholic families, for more than 600 years and is associated with the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and Henry Vlll.
The gardens you see today date back to 1991 with a wonderful walled garden at their heart, a rose labyrinth, a daffodil garden and a pretty riverside walk. The daffodil garden has late-flowering Throckmorton daffodils developed in the USA by (the late) Dr Tom Throckmorton.
I’m always drawn to the inviting bridges here, they remind me of walks with my parents. Coughton (pr. coat-un) is close to Alcester and Ragley Hall.