The Walled Garden with its beautiful contours and shapes is a unique and special place. Created to supply the family with fruit, vegetables and fragrant blooms for their table, today it is a haven for all.

A wonder for the senses

The Walled Garden you see today reopened in 2003 having been designed by Brita von Schoenaich. It combines traditional and contemporary planting through a series of five separate gardens.

Journey into the first garden past the earth sculpture representing a new beginning. Follow the Choisya ternate (Mexican Orange Blossom) hedge that leads you into the second garden, where it snakes and dips providing support for plants such as feathery purple fennel and the graceful fronds of Achillea ‘Moonshine’.

The Choisya then disappears through a hedge into the third and central garden. Here everything is strong and clear, where Amelanchier ‘Robin Hill’ shades the long stone seats. The line taken by the Choisya leaps across the garden through a series of spheres first clipped box and then stone. Most striking is the clipped box and stone table, from which right angles of Lavender Grosso run, pierced by a contrasting line of Iris ‘Deep Black’.

Travel into the fourth garden where the thread has become an undulating stonewall and the planting is fiery with red, orange, gold and yellow, which lasts well into autumn. As you enter the final fifth garden, make sure to look for the secret maze hidden inside the hedge.

Finally, the slate thread dives into a block of Hornbeam and disappears back into the earth, through a deep slate pool marking the end of the cycle. As you leave the garden notice the border which runs along the length of the top wall, the longest herbaceous border in the county.

Best time to visit

This stunning Walled Garden is designed for spring and summer interest. So, over the winter months, we close the impressive double cedar gates in order to protect the ground and to prepare it for the next season. We want it looking its best for you.

Plan your visit
  • Winter frost
  • Through the gate
  • Amelanchier lamarckii ‘robin hill’
  • Undulating hills
  • The longest herbaceous border in the county
  • A variety of planting
  • The view to the Upper Lake
  • The Walled Garden from across the lake
  • A peek through the hedges