If you are visiting the towns of Blockley or Morteton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire and want to discover one of the hidden gems of the Cotswolds, consider paying a visit to the charming Mille Dene Garden. The mill on this site has a history spanning back centuries, and was purchased by the Dare family in 1964. The Dares got into gardening and opened up their garden to the public in 1992. While the garden is not the most well known in the Cotswolds, nor is it the largest, it is a favorite of many visitors who are willing to wander off the beaten path a bit.
In the Mille Dene garden, you will find peaceful trails leading through the vegetable garden and past the swimming pool, stepping stones and a bridge across a babbling brook, a waterfall, a walk with roses, an ornamental fruit and herb garden, and other beautiful cultivated features. If you are interested in learning about gardening, you can volunteer and receive free training. Or you can simply relax and enjoy yourself as you stroll down the picturesque walkways. Blockley itself is also a lovely village to visit, located fifteen miles away from Stratford upon Avon. Enjoy visiting Mille Dene and escaping the crowds of Cheltenham!
Blockley is a small town in Gloucestershire located just three miles from Moreton in Marsh. This quaint, pictorial town sits on a small hillside beside Blockley Brook, which is a tributary of Knee Brook.
Blockley is an ancient town granted a monastery in AD 855 by King Burgred of Mercia. In the 19th century during the decline of the wool industry, the town turned to silk for its profits. Six silk mills and 600 people were employed in 1884 in the production of silk for ribbon making to be completed in Coventry. Unfortunately within just two decades a levy imposed on imported silk would force this industry too to decline.
Due to its differences in industry and history, Blockley is a bit different in atmosphere from other villages in the northern Cotswolds. Its buildings are hewn from local stone as others are, but here the golden colour of the stone is even more striking and definitive. A lovely village green and Norman Church add to the charm of this delightful town and many peaceful footpaths leading from the village into the surrounding countryside offer a serene diversion on your Cotswolds trip. Being such a small town, Blockley only has several inns – so make your reservations before you arrive!