Tiggy’s brothers have recently had a week’s half term holiday from school and we were absolutely thrilled to bits upon seeing the weather forecast for the week, as unusually it was warm with bright sunshine which never seems to coincide with school holidays. The weather forecast was spot on and what a week of weather we had. THE perfect half term. We explored many places over the week but one unexpected “hidden gem” was Hilton Court.
I’d like to think that we as a family are now familiar with certain places but until recently I had never heard of Hilton Court and upon the recommendation of a friend who’s parents happen to live nearby we thought we’d go check it out.
With no knowledge and therefore no expectation of the place we went with completely open minds, took a picnic as we often do when we go out exploring and off we went into the unknown.
Upon arrival we parked easily and headed through a beautiful wooden door into a courtyard that was reminiscent of holidays in France even complete with a boules area in one corner. It was a gorgeous day, bright blue skies, very warm and perfect for being outdoors which this place very much is. There are eateries and a fabulous cup of coffee which by the time I went to take a picture from the deck overlooking the beautiful gardens with my coffee (very Instagram) I realised I’d actually drunk most of it!
The gardens themselves are stunning. It’s the most idyllic setting, the stuff of childhood dreams and certainly somewhere that will now become a place of Tiggy and her brothers’ childhood memories as I can tell you even before the end of this blog post that we will most certainly visit again and again. The gardens are beautiful. A picture perfect rope swing hangs from a picture perfect tree with a picture perfect backdrop of gorgeous garden. Tiggy is clearly too small to sit on the swing by herself so her daddy held her while I tried to take a picture but I’m certain there will be many future pictures of Tiggy here whereby she can swing by herself.
The day we arrived a marquee was being erected in readiness for a wedding and what a place to be married. Whilst admiring the area in which the marquee was situated there was a little pagoda with some wonderful flowers just sitting there and far too good an opportunity to miss to take a picture of Tiggy with, albeit just out of shot and in each direction hands were poised to catch her should she wobble from the little table.
When you explore the woodlands and gardens at Hilton Court you might be in for a little surprise, not only is there a wooden carved giraffe amongst the trees but we discovered three enchanting children’s woodland houses which were all sympathetically designed and built by the owner Peter Lynch with the aim to encourage more people and children that nature can be fun, interesting and generally good for your health, something I seek to achieve with Tiggy and her brothers hence us spending most of our free time outdoors. Again, Tiggy a little young but her brothers loved tearing about discovering the houses, the little swing that hung from the porch of squirrel lodge and the area set up for cooking marshmallows being one of Tiggy’s brothers favourites. We ate our picnic in front of one of the houses while her brothers eagerly ran between the house and the picnic blanket to play and eat.
There is a beautiful lake near to where we ate, so tranquil and so breathtakingly pretty. Tiggy’s brothers watched the fish in the water, loved jumping across a series of little stepping stones while Tiggy wanted to eat the plants, still teething.
The woodlands, the gardens, the views, the setting are all perfect. There’s even a solar dome housing tropical plants, a little garden centre, gift shop and a pottery to explore! They’ve obviously thought of everything at Hilton Court and are very much aimed at and prepared for young children with a corner of the coffee shop set aside with colouring and toys and a large wooden “jenga” game set up in the courtyard.
This blog post simply wont do justice to how pretty a place Hilton Court is but if ever you find yourself in the area and particularly as my friend put it “on a blue sky day” you’ll enjoy watching your little ones play here with the freedom to run about in beautiful surroundings. It’s a family run venue and we met Rachael who was lovely, very welcoming and no doubt will become a familiar face with us returning time and time again. To find your own adventure at Hilton Court you can click on the links within this post which will give you the location, directions and everything else you might need to know so that like us, you too can enjoy.