When is a snowdrop not just a snowdrop? When it’s a drift of creamy white lifting our spirits and reminding us that warmer days are not far away. Enjoy the grounds of our National Trust houses as spring begins to emerge with these harbingers of brighter days ahead.
It won’t be long before you see the gardens bursting with snowdrops or as Stowe fondly like to call them ‘Stowedrops’. Enjoy chilly walks round the stunning temples and lake to spot them peeping through before they develop in their masses throughout the Elysian Fields, Sleeping Wood, and Lamport Garden. You can also book tours of Stowe House, learn all about its fascinating history and marvel at the magnificent state rooms.
Cliveden has some wonderful snowdrops in the woodland and also on the steep west-facing escarpment that runs down to the edge of the River Thames. You'll find spots of colour too, thanks to bright red berries and fiery dogwoods. Cliveden has designed a walk around the estate to take you past all the top snowdrop viewing spots.
Take a stroll amongst the magnificent gardens and woodlands whilst the house remains closed until March. Spring bulbs are appearing and there are plenty of places to see Waddesdon's wonderful snowdrops, from the daffodil valley to the tulip patch. You can also book a tour around the private parkland at Eythrope this February where Alice de Rothschild helped create a truly stunning landscape and garden, which at this time of year includes plenty of snowdrops.
Home to Victorian prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli, Hughenden has some lovely parkland, beech woodlands and gardens to enjoy. The extensive grounds include the German Forest Walk, Woodcock Wood Walk and a trail up to Disraeli's Monument that gives spectacular views across the whole estate.