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Kiftsgate Court's gardens are often overlooked on account of their famous neighbour (Hidcote Manor) across the road. But the formality of Hidcote is beautifully offset by Kiftsgate's steep terracing, unusual planting and breathtaking beauty.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens provides a magnificent vista for nature lovers throughout the warmer months. Towards the end of April and the beginning of May the bluebells that bloom throughout the gardens turn the ground into a spectacular, fragrant carpet of violet, shadowed by red American maple leaves.
If you've missed the bluebells, however, then come in mid-July to see the 400 blooms of the Kiftsgate Rosa filipes, the largest rose in England. On balmy August days, the Japanese water garden, featuring a rectangular pool with stepping stones to a central square of even lawn, is a favourite with children.
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