Explore the gardens
There’s something for everyone in the gardens: play in the woodland, walk around the lake or simply find a quiet seat and relax.
The formal walled garden, with flower borders and fruit trees, makes a lovely contrast to the nature trail through the woods and around the fish pools.
Over the years the gardens have evolved into a mix of pleasure and production, with new areas being added all the time.
Orginally the medieval residents would have used the garden to provide food, with stew ponds providing fresh fish.
A garden conservation plan is underway to help us understand the garden development and plan for the future.
The vegetable patch
Our gardeners work hard all year-round to grow vegetables and herbs. Our vegetable patch provides ingredients for some dishes in the restaurant. You will also find hints and tips on growing plants and the varieties we use. As well as been a functional area it is also a show garden that demonstrates how fruit and vegetables can be used in a decorative way.
Read how the vegetables are put to use in the Barn Restaurant.
See frost-covered trees and ponds and feel crisp grass underfoot.
The garden springs into life with snowdrops, daffodils and buds on the trees.
See the hanging wisteria in the courtyard or take in the flowery scents in the walled garden.
The dahlia border is in full bloom and apples are harvested in the walled garden.