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Garden History 4 (Text)

The Gardens

The Quiet Garden

A secluded woodland oasis surrounded by yew hedges, is an unusual feature. Early 18th Century records show a wilderness garden, planted with hornbeam.

The Kitchen Garden

Was restored from a 1960’s rose garden, this is now a functional part of the estate, supplying fruit, vegetables and flowers for the house. We’re blessed with two ancient mulberry trees that still produce abundant fruit in September.

The Lake

Is under constant development, we’re growing wild plants in the water, woodland and wildflower meadows. In 2007 we cleared trees and shrubs on the north side creating a better view of the lake from the house and restored the iron park fence. New specimen tress are being introduced annually.


At the front of the castle, there;’s a notable cedar. Once, an avenue of limes ran from the front door to the entrance gates. Many were lost in the 1987 hurricane and unfortunately replanted with the wrong variety of lime, which is why we decided to restore the front lawn as a wild flower meadow. The holm oak at the back of the house is about 250 years old. The Victorians made efforts to prevent the tree splitting with chain anchors and then in the 1960’s steel anchors were added.