This weekend I stumbled across my ultimate dream house and garden. I casually attended another open garden, as I typically do most weekends, and was absolutely blown away. Admittedly the Georgian, 1820s house is all part of the attraction, but the gardens themselves were exquisite in their own right. They have been developed over 185 years and recently Chris and Charlotte Webb have done an amazing job redesigning various aspects. Generally, I much prefer gardens in spring, when there is bright, fresh, perfect, new foliage everywhere, or summer, when everything is full to bursting and not yet too tired, but I think every season here would be stunning.
Every section of the garden is stunning, with a very wide range of cold climate styles, from formal parterres to woodland gardens, native plantings and topiary.
Despite it being a gloomy, autumnal day, the garden breathed life from every corner.
I also loved the stone work, both on the house and garden walls.
There were stunning views to the surrounding countryside and the landscaping blended perfectly, using native plantings at times, clever colourings at other and had a great mix of open areas and framed views beyond.
The most formal areas were close to the house, both at the front and the rear.
The native garden with ornamental rustic balls was towards the back of the rear garden, quite separate to other plantings and much more naturalistically planted. Some other favourites spots are also shown below.
All in all, it doesn’t get much better than that. I just need to save up and hope it goes on the market soon!