Hestercombe, near Cheddon Fitzpaine in Somerset is a magical juxtaposition of different garden styles with the Georgian Landscape gardens rolling down a wooded valley dotted with temples and follies and a fabulous Edwardian garden – the masterpiece of Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.   The estate was continuously owned by the Warre family from… Read More


I had a wonderful opportunity to stay at Holland House in the village of Cropthorne, Worcestershire this summer.  The timber-framed house, which is part-thatched, dates back to the 16th century and is set in 4 acres of gardens which lead down to the River Avon.  The gardens were mostly laid out in the early part… Read More


An Arts and Crafts garden created at the beginning of the 20th century by Lawrence Johnston, an American from a wealthy family who had studied at Cambridge and became a British citizen in 1900.  His mother purchased the Hidcote estate in 1907 and Johnston embarked upon a project to transform the fields surrounding the house… Read More


Hidden away beyond ancient walls of stone and mellow red brick, lie the century-old gardens of The Salutation manor house in the heart of old Sandwich in Kent.  Known as the ‘Secret Gardens’, they were designed by the Edwardian architect Sir Edwin Lutyens working in partnership with the plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll. Having been restored in… Read More