And for Painshill, I really hope they saw an increase in footfall and membership. An independent charity set up to restore the 18th century gardens designed by the Honourable Charles Hamilton, there are sweeps of lawn to the lake, a beautifully restored grotto, a tower and a hermit's house, not to mention the mill and Victorian folly. Perfect for a picnic, room for children to run around and exhaust themselves or simply for a crisp, Autumnal walk with layers, finishing up with a cup of tea and slice of cake in the cafe.
Full to the brim with delightful food, we meandered to The Medicine Garden to polish off our macarons with refreshments from their airstream cafe. Oh and met the furry guardian of the olive tree. A truly heavenly way to spend a Saturday.