In 28 acres of glorious Cotswolds parkland, Matara Gardens is built on earth-friendly principles. There are hundreds of trees, including oaks, beeches, apple trees, rowans and groves of magnolias. Land is set aside for wildlife, and the planting choices encourage butterflies and bees. The cafe’s food is fresh, seasonal, local, organic, from sustainable sources and free from animal cruelty whenever possible.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Opening Times: Open May-Sep, Sun-Thu 1-5 (may be closed for private events)
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About The area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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