If you've never had the chance to visit Castle Ashby in Northamptonshire, I couldn't recommend it more. The gardens are exquisite (so good they warrant the fancy words) and very well maintained. There's a beautiful orangery, a huge arboretum, a cafe for a much needed cup of tea and sandwich and even some animals for the younglings to visit.
The castle has its own church and churchyard commanding views across the open countryside. It's incredibly peaceful there and is home to this beautiful angel whom I've been to visit many times.