Thomas Visits: Painswick Rococo Garden

Famously labeled as Englands last remaining Rococo garden, Painswick is a 6 acre Pleasure Park established in around 1740. For garden lovers and historians, what makes Painswick so special is the fact it is a surviving snapshot of Rococo - a brief Period following Baroque known for its highly flamboyant and ornamental style. Think winding and swooping lines, an informal flow, as formality and symmetry are thrown out of the window!

After being left to ruin in the 20th Century, the garden was saved and restored by owners Lord and Lady Dickinson (going from the details in an 18th Century painting). Whilst many of the Rococo gardens established in the early 18th Century were later flattened as Georgian Landscape Parks became vogue, the delights of Painswick survive to this day.

The garden contains many hidden secrets. As the winding path takes you around water, over small rolling hills and through miniature forests, you come across beautiful garden buildings and Period features. Sitting on a Spring, frequent breaks of water are used to create delightful features and miniature Grottos. From a Plunge Pool, to a Strawberry Hill style Exedra, to its famous Red House (with many more delights in-between), Painswick is the gift that keeps on giving.

Here are some (but not all!) of the wonders found in Painswick...

The Strawberry Hill style Exedra that overlooks the kitchen garden and fish pond

The 18th Century 'Plunge Pool', fed by its own spring. Bathing in the 18th Century was a popular morning activity

The Gothic Alcove, a great source of shelter on a foul day

The late 18th Century two-part pavilion known as the 'Red House'. Highly ornate front with a marvellous and crusty oak door on the inside.

Famous for its Snowdrops, visiting Painswick in early February is a must

The timber topped single storey 18th Century Pigeon House.

The view of Classic Georgian built Painswick House from the Pigeon House