134 weeks | The magic garden {and some pink flamingoes}


We’ve been treated to some beautiful autumnal weather recently haven’t we? And making the most of it, whilst we can, is something that we should all do every so often.

I find sitting in front of a computer screen — day in-day out — is just not good for the soul, so occasionally it’s lovely to get outside, breathe some fresh air and fill our senses with something gorgeous.

So on Friday, last week, a good friend (and fellow villager) and I decided to down tools and spend the afternoon in arguably one of the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever set foot in.

Coton Manor is one of the most beautiful houses that I’ve ever seen too. And the best thing of all is, it’s just a stone’s throw from where we live.



We saw pink flamingoes (yes really, we did), walked through an ancient woodland and feasted our eyes on the most glorious mix of plants and flowers.

The Twinkles were in their element too. They were totally and utterly enchanted by the gardens and ran about exploring and shrieking (as only 2 years olds can).

Although some of the other visitors were not *quite* so enamoured by my two little companions.

You see, as well as being a haven for birds and bees, Coton also attracts very serious horticulturalists. Who sadly can’t seem to see past the planting and appreciate the garden for what a magical wonderland it is.

Particularly for two tiny boys.






But tight lips and tutting aside, the boys and I had such a wonderful time and I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence that they were born under the sign of the fish but they are both obsessed with water.

And Coton has water features aplenty.

Beautiful water rills, ornamental ponds and lakes, all nestled in the most incredible surroundings, set in 10 acres. It’s just gorgeous.




Glorious colour as far as the eye could see, no photographs could ever really do it justice.  As an adult, walking around those beautiful grounds felt pretty special. I can imagine that my little sons were totally spellbound by it all.

Every once in a while you go somewhere that feels a little bit magical. Coton is definitely one of those places.


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Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 30th Sep 2015 / 7:40 am

    Wow! What a stunning place to visit. I think it’s so good to get outside and to explore a bit – even if it’s just for a few minutes a day.

    Thanks so much for hosting #HomeEtc xxx

    • 30th Sep 2015 / 2:39 pm

      I totally agree. Sitting indoors — particularly staring at a screen — is not good for the soul is it? Being in the great outdoors is such a tonic :)

  2. 30th Sep 2015 / 8:31 am

    That really does looks a magical place, and your lovely photographs and words really did bring it to life for me. Lucky you living so close!

    • 30th Sep 2015 / 2:38 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! It’s such a beautiful place to visit. Made me feel totally rejuvenated!

    • 30th Sep 2015 / 2:37 pm

      Aah they absolutely LOVED it. Particularly the water. They literally were in their element :)

  3. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    30th Sep 2015 / 10:02 am

    It looks utterly gorgeous. Amazing pics too. Tutters be damned xx

    • 30th Sep 2015 / 2:32 pm

      Tutters are most certainly NOT welcome ;) Coton is so beautiful that even they couldn’t spoil it!!

  4. 30th Sep 2015 / 10:39 am

    Oh WOW this place looks amazing! And I am delighted to find it’s near us too, yay! I had never heard of it before so thanks so much for posting this. I am pinning it so I don’t forget it. We love flamingos so this looks like an ideal day family day out! Becky xx #HomeEtc

    • 30th Sep 2015 / 2:29 pm

      Where are you then Becky? Are you local to me?! Honestly — if Coton’s just on your doorstep — do go along — it’s absolutely stunning!! xx

      • 30th Sep 2015 / 4:30 pm

        Yeah I live near Milton Keynes and often work in Northampton. I think we are free this weekend so if the weather looks OK I think we will go! xx

        • 30th Sep 2015 / 4:43 pm

          That’s amazing!! You’re really close! I was in Milton Keynes today for the opening of the lovely new Joules shop!! We should meet up one day! 😃

          • 30th Sep 2015 / 4:57 pm

            Oh no I meant to go to that, but forgot! Grrr. Hope you got some bargains! Yes I’d love to meet up! xx

  5. 30th Sep 2015 / 10:50 am

    this looks so beautiful! Lovely day for an outing. We enjoy this type of thing too #HomeEtc

    • 30th Sep 2015 / 2:27 pm

      Aaah it’s SUCH a beautiful place — totally magical — the littles loved it :)

  6. 30th Sep 2015 / 1:42 pm

    Oh my goodness this places looks literally OUT of this world!!! How absolutely stunning and so glad you were able to enjoy it despite the disapproving tutting ha! Beautiful photos and gorgeous landscape X

    • 30th Sep 2015 / 2:10 pm

      It’s SO beautiful. Honestly — I was running about like a kid myself. It’s a real shame when the ‘magic’ of a place is tempered by other people’s miserable demeanours!! ;)

  7. 30th Sep 2015 / 2:48 pm

    Ooh looks beautiful. I love a country garden, it takes me back to my childhood and my beloved neighbours magical garden. I’m off to investigate where this place is! X MMT #homeetc

    • 7th Oct 2015 / 10:15 am

      Aah it’s SO worth a visit. If you do love your country gardens, you’d be absolutely in your element with this one. It’s absolutely beautiful x

  8. 30th Sep 2015 / 7:45 pm

    That looks gorgeous, I love botanical gardens and our local RHS garden is so lovely and relaxing to visit. What a shame about the tutting – I am sure the twinkles only enhanced the atmosphere! x #homeetc

    • 7th Oct 2015 / 10:08 am

      It’s absolutely gorgeous there Ju — so beautiful. And a life’s work and dedication too. Shame some people can only see it for the plants and not for what a magical place it is! x

  9. 30th Sep 2015 / 8:20 pm

    Oh my it looks beautiful, such stunning colours. I love the secret looking doorway in the hedge – just gorgeous. People can be strange sometimes, how on earth could someone tut and not smile at your lovely boys?!?! Gardens are to be enjoyed surely? Thank you for hosting x x

    • 7th Oct 2015 / 10:06 am

      Aah I so agree. It’s so sad that the excitement of two tiny little people could be deemed as ‘annoying’. The gardens are there to be enjoyed — and not just for the way they’re planted either. It’s a bit sad isn’t it? xx

  10. 30th Sep 2015 / 8:23 pm

    It really does look like a magical place. These places come alive when children are in them, so never feel guilty about making noise! x #HomeEtc

    • 7th Oct 2015 / 10:04 am

      Aaah it’s totally and utterly enchanting. And you’re so right — children give places like that an extra sprinkling of magic. Hearing the boys laughing and chattering was the icing on the cake for me. Shame the grumpy old horticulturalists didn’t agree!!

  11. 30th Sep 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Wow, beautiful! I would love to visit, maybe when my boys are a bit older and can take it all in. What beautifully tended gardens, they look so well cared for. And the flamingoes are fantastic, something you don’t see every day! Your boys are cuties too :) #HomeEtc

    • 7th Oct 2015 / 9:57 am

      It is SUCH a gorgeous place. Well worth a visit. I totally agree about the flamingoes — such a treat to see them — especially out in the open and not caged in!!

  12. 30th Sep 2015 / 9:59 pm

    Wow what a beautiful garden and what stunning photos Caro- this weather we are having is amazing isn’t it? x

    • 7th Oct 2015 / 9:56 am

      It’s so, so beautiful there Katie — absolutely stunning. Only made better by blue skies and sunshine :) Wishing for a little of that today — it’s so grey and miserable xx

  13. 30th Sep 2015 / 10:38 pm

    Wow looks lovely, lived in the same county all my life and have never heard of it, will definitely have to investigate it, Thanks. #HomeEtc

    • 7th Oct 2015 / 9:46 am

      Aah are you Northants too?! Definitely put it on your list of places to visit — it’s absolutely beautiful there :)

      • 8th Oct 2015 / 11:45 pm

        Yes I live in Northamptonshire :)

  14. 30th Sep 2015 / 11:35 pm

    Oh it’s absolutely beautiful, wow, those pink flowers! And I do love pink flamingos :-D Sabrina xx #HomeEtc

    • 1st Oct 2015 / 5:01 pm

      Haha!! YES!! I KNOW how much you love your flamingoes!! Amazing to see real ones just wandering about there!! :)

  15. 1st Oct 2015 / 10:54 am

    What a lovely and inspiring place to see. As a fan of geocaching I love to get outside and explore, recharging the batteries of the soul at the same time. #HomeEtc

    • 1st Oct 2015 / 4:58 pm

      Aaah it’s SUCH an inspiring place — totally gorgeous — a real fest for the senses!

  16. Betty and the Bumps
    1st Oct 2015 / 3:41 pm

    We don’t have a garden, just a yard, so I like to take Gwenn to our local(ish) English Heritage property which is renowned for its gardens. As nice as a yard is, I don’t know if it could ever be made “magical”, ha ha!! Beautiful photos. x


    • 7th Oct 2015 / 10:23 am

      Aaah I don’t know ;) You could make your yard magical for Gwenn!! Children see magic in all sorts of things :) A few lights and some mirrors and she’d be in wonderland :) xx

  17. 1st Oct 2015 / 9:00 pm

    What a beautiful place, the gardens are stunning and your pictures are gorgeous. The colours are lovely. xx

    • 7th Oct 2015 / 9:45 am

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it? Colour where I looked — such a feast for the eyes! especially at this time of year too :) x

  18. Imogene
    1st Oct 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Oh my! I’ve yet to ever come across your blog. It’s absolutely beautiful and what a gorgeous place you’ve visited! I adore places like that, they’re made for the photographer in us all. Stunning!!

    • 7th Oct 2015 / 9:44 am

      Thanks so much Imogene — that’s really lovely of you. Thanks so much for stopping by xx

  19. 4th Oct 2015 / 12:21 am

    It must be magical, it has pink flamingoes! Looks a great place and a lovely place for a wander (or a run and a shriek if you are two) ;) thanks for hosting #homeetc xx

    • 5th Oct 2015 / 6:16 pm

      Totally! Pink flamingos make everything magical don’t they? Thanks so much for linking up Steph xxx

  20. 6th Oct 2015 / 11:22 am

    Just stunning photographs and what a superb place! We have been having some lovely weather and it is so nice to enjoy it. The flowers are beautiful in this post :) Jess x #HomeEtc

    • 7th Oct 2015 / 9:42 am

      Thanks pet — it’s SUCH a glorious place. The kind of garden that I used to dream of when I was a little girl. So happy that it’s right on our doorstep :) x

  21. Kerry
    6th Oct 2015 / 10:09 pm

    These photographs are absolutely gorgeous. I love them. There is nothing more lovely than a day spent in beautiful country gardens!! xx

    • 7th Oct 2015 / 9:37 am

      Thanks so much lovely. And, yep, I totally agree with you. It was such a lovely day out! x

  22. 25th Oct 2015 / 10:00 am

    What a gorgeous garden – I can imagine how much of a wonderland it would be for kids. Shame about the tutting though #countrykids

    • 25th Oct 2015 / 6:12 pm

      It’s so, so beautiful — utterly enchanting — it was a shame about some of the other visitors but even their pursed lips and tutting didn’t spoil it for us! :)

  23. 26th Oct 2015 / 12:11 pm

    It really does look beautiful and as you say good for the soul to leave the PC and get on outdoors and appreciate some local beauty. I adore Flamingos, I wish we could have some here at Coombe Mill. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

    • 26th Oct 2015 / 2:24 pm

      Aah thanks so much Fiona — it’s a really special place, that’s for sure! Only made even more magical by the flamingoes! You should definitely get some!!! :)

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