Ever wondered what the prettiest country estate in the UK is? Well you may have just found it! Nestled in the heart of Bedfordshire, Wrest Park and Gardens is a striking 92 acre estate, consisting of an 18th century French-style mansion and its accompanying formal gardens. The English Heritage acquired the site in 2006 and has since planned a 20 year, multi-million pound restoration programme for the property and its gardens, whose treasures have been left overgrown for decades. Now almost fully restored, why not come see the fruits of all that labour on your next cottage holiday in Bedfordshire? We're sure you'll love what they've done with the place!
Wrest Park- the perfect day trip destination on your cottage holiday!
Pay homage to this stunning secret garden on your next cottage holiday in Bedfordshire. We've a number of excellent self-catering holiday cottages within day-trip distance of Wrest Park, so you can enjoy a spot of garden envy at your own leisure. The site is now open 7 days a week, from 10am-6pm, so pack a picnic and look forward to exploring this splendid country estate. The gardens themselves offer a truly serene landscape, where the greenest fingered folk will notice the blend of Dutch, Italian, French parterre and English garden styles that merge together to create a vivid showcase of over three centuries of landscape design.
There's more to Wrest Park than beautiful gardens
Architecture enthusiasts will be in their element at Wrest Park too. The park boasts some seriously sumptuous French design, commissioned by the estate's former owner, Thomas De Grey in 1834. Explore the stunning French-style Orangery which was once used to house De Grey's orange trees through the winter months, and discover the lavish statues that are dotted charmingly throughout the park.Walk the historic pathways, gaze at the sculptures within the Dairy Gallery and relax on a bench beside Thomas Archer's garden pavilion. There is so much to see and do in Wrest Park, so be sure to add a trip to this fantastic estate to your next cottage holiday agenda!