Monday 29 April - Sunday 5 May 2019 is the biggest celebration of gardening in the UK, involving all things horticultural. What better way to get involved than experiencing the joy of visiting beautiful green spaces at our top 5 villas with gorgeous gardens.
The Ragusa Estate, Dubrovnik
With serene sea views and high standards of service, The Ragusa Estate provides every element of tranquillity for your villa holiday. Its beautifully designed gardens are sprinkled with decorative sculptures and shady spots, while a little coffee house provides the perfect setting for afternoon tea.
La Meridiana, Sicily
The gardens at La Meridiana are a creation of award winning landscape designer Arabella Lennox Boyd, who has received a number of gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show over the years, while the villa has been featured in House & Garden magazine. Lovely long lawns provide the perfect place to relax, while the gorgeous terrace looks out to the pool and stunning panoramas beyond.
Dar Giardino, Morocco
The wonderful gardens at Dar Giardino comprise of three acres beautifully designed by Luciano Giubbilei, a noted Italian garden designer who has thoughtfully mixed his own unique style with that of the distinct Moroccan landscape. Ancient olive groves blend with plumbago hedging and warmly-coloured Moroccan roses that perfume the evening breeze; a magical setting in which to enjoy the setting sun over the Atlas Mountains.
Villa dell'Aquila, Sicily
The outdoor space at Villa dell'Aquila is truly special, with a number of beautiful terraces to relax upon and enjoy the surrounding views. Due to the unique location of the property, guests are likely to see a variety of birds including storks and flamingoes across the salt marshes. The gardens themselves have been cleverly created by landscape architect Ivan Gallo, who with attention to detail has carefully selected all plants particularly suited to a Mediterranean climate.
Villa dell’Oca, Sicily
Another horticultural masterpiece from Ivan Gallo is the garden at Villa dell'Oca. As a neighbouring villa of Villa dell'Aquila, this property also enjoys the unique and impressive views of the Vendicari nature reserve. Evidently, the garden has been designed to compliment and accentuate these views and has been finished to a very high standard featuring a lily pond, a cactus garden and beautiful meadows stretching from the edge of the terrace into the distance.