The Garden

Beneath massive mature beeches and pines and around the lake and the moat, the gardens have evolved naturally with plants for all seasons as well as specimen trees and shrubs.

Informal planting and low maintenance make this place a haven for wild life but also a garden full of surprises.

February brings a carpet of crocus followed by daffodils everywhere.

Come in May for the display of old rhododendrons backed up by azaleas and bluebells. Original brick walls and cloud-yew hedges enclose borders where peonies, shrub roses, irises, geraniums and asters all have their place.

In October autumn leaves take over and the colours and the reflection in the water in the autumn light will be remembered. Take time to stroll around the lakes and through the woods.

There’s peace and quiet here - and darkness at night-time.

"There’s peace and quiet here - and darkness at night-time."