has been inhabited for over 1000 years. The Manor dates from 1780 but
it is since 1999 when Mr and Mrs Nathan took over the estate that the
transformation of the gardens and property really began.
is South African and much of the garden has an African theme in its
planting. There was much to see as we enthusiastically covered the 20
acres in a whirlwind tour although we were there for two hours.
rhododendron and azalea bank was in full colour as we went on to the
main sweeping drive planted with blue hydrangeas and backed by a
variety of beech trees.
Thyme and alpine plants alternated with
flagstones as we walked from the house to the upper walled garden,
which included a swimming pool.
The surrounding beds were themed in
blue, purple, yellow and white. Wisteria and white Montana clematis
covered the walls together with climbing roses.
The lower walled
garden is now a potager with pink and burgundy flowers amongst the
are three lakes. The first was best viewed from the orchard planted
with Cornish apple-trees.
We enjoyed tea and cake here, in a thatched
summer house constructed in a corner.
Lake Sue had specimen trees and
streams around it while the Quarry lake had steep rock sides with
ferns and hellebores