Urchfont Manor is a mellow William and Mary house. In front of the house, the formality is reflected in a round-ended pool, designed by Paul Gaserwitz. A contemporary parterre of lavender and box is surrounded by yew hedges and cloud-clipped box. Beyond are maze-like curved beech hedges, which contrast with plantings of Irish yews and Prunus ‘Tai-Haku’.
The garden sits discreetly behind the house and is, in high summer, an abundance of roses and perennials. The rose garden is planted in pink and white with a foam of Alchemilla in the paving. An arch, covered with Paul’s Himalayan Musk, leads through to the main late-summer borders. Beyond lie a series of gardens with espaliered pears and apples and a mass of scented roses, culminating in the immaculate kitchen garden.
The remarkable house and garden are less than 12 years old. By the house a hornbeam tunnel separates a vegetable garden from a sunken garden, filled with late-flowering perennials. The double borders which, with hornbeam pyramids, frame the main lawn, are filled with unusual perennials and shrubs. Where the garden merges into parkland a large, semi-circular, perennial meadow has been created.
Friday 24 June 2022