Chasing bluebells at Painshill Park, Surrey

We’ve lived in Surrey for 3 years and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover the beauty that is Painshill Park in Cobham.

We went this weekend so here is what we thought alongside the images of our hunt to find the bluebells…

Painshill Park is beautiful and considering how close we are to London, quiet and peaceful.

It’s an 18th century Grade I listed landscape garden which was originally created by the Honourable Charles Hamilton.

We started off our walk by the most amazing lake which in certain light and conditions can be a mirror image. We almost saw it but the swans were swimming around but even without, it was a stunning scene. Just above this lake there were vines, ready to produce the wine they make there.

Amelie loved finding and collecting the pine cones, looking at the swans and water, simple pleasures.

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History …

Painshill was inspired by Renaissance and contemporary art and visits to Italy. Charles Hamilton created the tranquil landscape you can explore today with beautiful trees, shrubberies, follies and water.

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There were lots of lovely walks and Amelie enjoyed exploring the different environments from beautiful gardens to winding paths and running over bridges.

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Grotto

The grotto was amazing and something I haven’t seen in this country before. Made out of limestone and coral it really is something special.

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And the bluebells

I couldn’t not find some bluebells for that Instagramable picture could I?! After a wonderful walk we found our bluebells and wow what a beautiful carpet of them they had.

Amelie told me she loved them because they were purple (kind of) and the smell was wonderful.

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We’d definitely recommend a visit to Painshill, it’s a beautiful walk if you have a baby in a pram and a great place to explore if you have toddlers or children.

There is a lot of walking so take a buggy and be prepared to carry little ones (thanks Dad) as they’ll definitely get tired. On a summers day this would be a wonderful family morning out and we’ll definitely be back again with a picnic (and a buggy)!

Sarah xx

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