Markenfield Hall is an extraordinary survival, dating from 1210. After four centuries of prosperous ownership, it became a tenant farm until 1761, when the long work of restoration began. The house is islanded by its moat, the inner banks now transformed into garden. The courtyard is a green lawned space setting, off the ancient stone buildings perfectly.
The garden is a collaboration between the owners, one providing the perennial planting and the other adding the structure of pleached limes and beech hedges to the garden. A stone fountain and four Malus ‘Butterball’ mark the centre of the main garden around which are four colour-themed perennial borders.
The current house was built in 1913. A large parterre of clipped box and hornbeam leads to the Long Walk, whose double borders were laid out in the 1850s. A woodland walk meanders to the river and on to the partially-walled kitchen garden, now used to grow vegetables and cut flowers.
Thursday 5 July 2023