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Jacobean-style house with gardens and a working watermill

A passion for tradition and impressing guests inspired one man to transform a run-down country house and desolate landscape.

At the age of 30, the future Lord Fairhaven began to create his first home. Wanting to inspire and surprise visitors, he created a spectacular garden with planting for all seasons and a cosy house in which to entertain. Life revolved around horse racing and shooting, and guests enjoyed 1930s luxury.

Inside: fine furnishings, books, paintings, silver and rare clocks give a feeling of opulence.

Outside: 46 hectares (114 acres) offer vibrant colour, delicious scents and the simple pleasures of nature.

Heavenly Herbaceous

The Herbaceous Border originally designed by Lord Fairhaven

The Herbaceous Border originally designed by Lord Fairhaven

The sweeping Herbaceous Border is springing into life.

Discover the amazing range of plants & flowers or just sit back and relax and enjoy the sounds of nature all around.   


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Wild fun

Kids love exploring our Wildlife Discovery Area.

Build a den, tell a tale in the Story Telling Circle, spy on wildlife, climb a tree and see the amazing view from the Lime Tree Lookout treehouse.

Wild Flowers

Wild flowers in May

Wild flowers in May

Besides flowers in the Formal Gardens there are some amazing wild flowers to enjoy - like this carpet of bright yellow cowslips near Hoe Fen.