The Slaughters Country Inn stands in four acres of beautiful grounds alongside the River Eye in the centre of Lower Slaughter.

The gardens are informal, featuring seasonal planting schemes to bring colour to the gardens throughout the year, they are as pretty in Spring as they are in the crisp days of Autumn.

The gardens are a natural home for a vast array of wildlife and hungry ducks frequently venture onto the lawns in search of tasty crumbs from afternoon tea. The terrace is a perfect sunny spot for al fresco dining and we do try to make use of it for as much of the year as we can, to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Renowned Gardens and other local attractions to visit nearby:

Gardens: Hidcote is the best known, tucked behind Chipping Campden, and is open over the weekend. Snowshill Manor and Gardens are open on Saturday and Sunday.

Houses: Blenheim is an obvious choice, about 30 minutes drive in the small town of Woodstock. Chaselton House, one of the finest Jacobean houses in the country is situated a few miles out of Moreton-in-Marsh. Sudeley Castle and Gardens, outside Winchcombe is spectacular.

Farm Shop: Daylesford Organic, a couple of miles outside Stow-on-the-Wold is well worth a visit. The farm shop and café are outstanding, as is the garden shop, tea tasting room and of course Lady Bamford’s own range of clothes.