We visited just the gardens as the house was not open. Sadly whilst on first impressions the grounds looked good they are in obvious need of monetary input which would no doubt lead to the extra maintenance required.
The lawn near the house looked lush and green until you actually got close and found it was more moss than grass. The walled garden which I understand is managed organically could certainly do with some TLC - removing the many, many weeds by hand would I am sure count as organic!
Having said the above we did not feel our journey was wasted as it was a nice enough afternoon out in very peaceful surroundings albeit we do not feel the urge to return.
This sadly is an example of how so many estates have slipped into such array by the lack of available funds and the limitations of the (possibly) elderly owners. For this reason I would say if you are in the area call in and visit and put some money into their coffers!
Not much more to add to the Editorial..it seems as though the pennies are getting a bit meagre here..good maintenance for an otherwise slightly aging garden that needs a spot of renovation or more planting.
Tea is served strictly between 3.30 and 4.00..a bit of a polite bun fight amongst a gaggle of older women,it seemed..my friend and I legged it !
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