Walled garden

Designed by leading landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith in 2000, the impressive three-terraced walled garden contrasts the form of topiary with wild, luxuriant herbaceous planting, whilst softly framing a beautiful rural backdrop. The design was conceived entirely in relation to the surrounding landscape, thus supporting superb views to distant natural features and buildings. Hard garden features, such as the walls, gates and garden buildings, were designed by architect Ptolemy Dean and include a notable stepped stone wall on the western side. There are two sizable beech (Fagus sylvatica) tunnels on the eastern side of the garden and three pleached lime (Tilia x europea ‘Pallida’) squares to the west (one per terrace), which are underplanted with sweet box (Sarcococca confusa). The pleached lime structures frame a formal vista to the south, which incorporates hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) and yew (Taxus baccata) topiary specimens.