Am not into trailing round over cultivated gardens teaming with hordes of people, wailing chldren, buggies and nowhere to park. Rousham Gardens is a perfect place to escape for a day of peace and quiet in tranquil sourroundings. No dogs, no children, no shop, no cafe - take a picnic, rug and a couple of chairs to this beautiful garden largely maintained in its original layout which contributes to the timelessness of the beautiful views and ancient trees. Three magnificent cockerels greeted us surrounded by their hens searching for worms in the flower beds. Have some change available to purchase tickets at £5 per person and the place is yours to explore. We spoke to an elderly gentleman, mowing the bowling green, who had been working at Rousham House and Garden for 53 years - many more gardeners then he told us, but there is no sign of neglect. The River Cherwell meanders through the many acres and ponds are a feature of the gardens cleverly positioned to create a sense of space and beauty. Hard to leave and get back into the hurly burly of modern day life. A perfect place for recharging the batteries and unwinding. Rousham Park, as it is also known, is 12 miles north of Oxford and the nearest railway station is Heyford. We drove by car but the gardens are also reachable by bus.
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