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Bonython 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.
Mrs Nathan 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.

The 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 vegetables.

There 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
Glenys Rushton
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