The entrance to the garden is beside Caroline and Harry’s home, a country farmhouse dating back to the 1700’s, although the original house was built around the mid 1600 and some of the stone and straw mortar is still in place. The main entrance to the original orchard and garden is through an arbor, about 40feet in length and covered in a yellow laburnum with roses and clematis intermingled, a spectacle in itself in the spring. This brings you into the old orchard, a small green house and a pond. There are a couple of benches set in recesses among the foliage where you can retreat and sit a while into your “very own space”.
As you enter the “new” garden, which was opened in 2009, you are confronted with a hedge and you have to decide which way you will go, left or right. Lovely idea I thought as this garden was designed to be natural, cleverly designed not to be formal and I always felt this aspect was such an attraction for me.