The house was started in the 1620s, inspired by Inigo Jones. In 1723 William Kent designed the magnificent Marble Hall and the typical enfilade of rooms on the east side of the house which reveal a suite of rooms ending in the State Dining Room with a magnificent service screen alluding to a Roman triumphal arch.
Gertrude Jekyll designed the ten-acre garden around the Edwardian house. Her legacy is the yew hedges, which provide structure for the garden. The planting has been simplified, but a wonderful new garden has been created around the swimming pool. The vegetable garden is still in service and at the end of the lake a new bog garden has been established.
The garden is divided into a series of beautifully proportioned, predominantly hornbeam-hedged theatrical spaces, decorated by sculptural objects ranging from gates formed from garden implements to urns made from plywood and cast stone. This is a garden concerned with structure and ornament, but based on an interest in the plant palette of the 17th century.
Thursday 9 June 2022