LTR visits Kew Gardens

Andrew Loyd
LTR - Kew Garden, avenue

Avenue at Kew Gardens

On Saturday we spent a wonderful 3 hours at Kew Gardens, the world’s largest collection of living plants.  Founded in 1840 from the exotic garden at Kew Park in Richmond, the gardens spread over 350 acres and offer a vast variety of plants and different areas to look at.  It’s living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, which is one of the largest in the world, has over seven million preserved plant specimens.

LTR - tulips at Kew Garden

Tulips at Kew Gardens

The library contains more than 750,000 volumes and the illustrations collection contains more than 175,000 prints and drawings of plants.  It is one of London’s top tourist attractions and having finally got to see it, we can well understand why.  There is so much to see and it’s really cleverly laid out with a mix of woodland walks, formal gardens, hot houses and other attractions.  It was also fun to finally get to see Syon House, which sits across the Thames from the gardens and has the most magnificent views across the river and down a long avenue of trees.

LTR - red and white tulips at Kew Garden

Red and white tulips at Kew Gardens

Kew is a pretty area and the gardens are surrounded by very attractive Georgian streets.  We found a pub close by for lunch and watched a cricket match taking place on the green in front of us.  We got there early but found plentiful parking and not a lot of visitors.  It’s a visual assault on the senses and hard to absorb in one visit but we loved it and three hours of solid walking gave us just a glimpse into it’s majesty.

LTR - Birkhill Castle, Fife - gardens

Gardens at Birkhill Castle in Fife, Scotland

LTR has a number of homes and wonderful gardens of which Birkhill Castle in Fife, Scotland is a good example with it’s formal and informal gardens, woodland walks, walled garden and private beach.  We work with a huge variety of estates from Highland homes like Dochfour, Inverness-shire with it’s gardens leading down to Loch Ness to Cotswold manor houses like Cornwell, which has a beautifully laid out garden and plenty of ponds and running water, which always feels so tranquil.  LTR can arrange a stay in one of these houses or castles and you can enjoy the gardens of many wonderful homes in complete privacy.

If you would like advice from LTR on the best private homes to stay in for exclusive use in the UK and Europe, please contact us on + 44 (0) 1835 824642 or email

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Andrew Loyd

Loyd & Townsend Rose offers the ultimate luxury holiday planning and concierge service, bespoke holidays in private accommodation - UK and Europe.