A seventeenth century house with a Arts and Crafts garden. The Eagle Court is thought to have been made in the eighteenth century but the other garden compartments were made in the first two decades of the twentieth century. It has a distinct 'Golden Afternoon' flavour. Captain and Mrs Reiss bought the house in 1933 and added the Pool Garden as a memorial to a nephew who was shot down over a Malta convoy during the Second World War. Penelope Hobhouse, author of Colour in Your Garden (1984) worked here from 1980 to 1993 and the garden is described by her in Penelope Hobhouse on Gardening (1994). The standard of the planting design is not now as good as in the photographs in her book.
This is a delightful garden with each 'room' presenting the visitor with a different experience. I especially appreciated the dimensions of the garden and surrounds and the links between formal and informal planting. Peaceful and thoughtful, a hidden gem beside the A303. There's an orchard for picnics and chidren to play in and a wood to explore and the kitchen garden was full of produce on our visit. A lovely place.
about 5 years by
4 / 5
Very interesting reading! I would point out that Penelope Hobhouse was not responsible for the design of the garden - this was done by Phyllis Reiss. The current planting has been amended over the past fifteen years, to correspond more with the original planting philosophy, but incorporating more modern varieties alongside those which would have been familiar to Phyllis Reiss. The garden is maintained by one gardener with the invaluable assistance of volunteers.
I can't comment on the quality of planting as I am no gardener.
It's a small garden split into rooms and has a peaceful tranquil air.
Combined with nearby Montacute it makes for a rewarding day out.
about 5 years by
5 / 5
Although it is'nt a large garden it has a lot of well proportioned 'rooms' that interconnect harmoniously..very Arts & Crafts ! The plantings are some of the most delightful I have enjoyed in the UK. One isnt sure if it is thanks to the efforts & imagination of the Head gardner-ess or if she is preserving the planting schemes of Penelope Hobhouse, whatever, there are a lot of well assembled plant groups creating very pleasing and colourful effects. Maintenance was impeccable and yet only one worthy seen attending the garden. Useful plant lists are available for inspection at the entrance
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