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Glorious Gardens

Aside from the splendid "Tudor to Jacobean" style appearance of the house itself, guests of all ages are drawn to the majestic Edwardian gardens that surround the Petwood Hotel. A leisurely stroll to absorb the ambiance of the quiet lawns, vibrant flowers and elegant features is a must in all but the most inhospitable of English weather.

The grounds themselves have always been immaculately maintained. Original owner Grace Weigall held lavish garden parties to entertain the great and the good here and today's visitors tread in the footsteps of statesmen, aristocrats, actors and sporting greats besides the wartime heroes who followed.

Perhaps the most striking feature in the gardens is the rhododendron walk, which fairly bursts with colour in the late spring and delights today's guests as much as those invited to Lady Weigall's garden parties. Thirty acres of woodlands provide pleasant short walks in the grounds and a gentle stroll is a very civilized way to follow breakfast.

With so many corners to enjoy and things to delight the senses, exactly how you take in this classic English country retreat is entirely up to you. One of our Classic English Afternoon Teas on the terrace is a sublime option on a warm afternoon, affording fine views and pure relaxation. Alternately though, guests of all ages will enjoy a choice of classic garden games on the front lawn, including croquet and giant pick-up sticks, just ask at reception.


Much more than just a hotel...