The Orangery

The Orangery at Montacute House

With lush ferns and palms in the central raised beds, the Orangery's walls are clothed in climbers such as ipomea, jasmine and abutilon Kentish Belle.

Bring a book and steal a few quiet moments, accompanied by the sound of a mossy trickling fountain – the Orangery is the perfect place whether you are sheltering from summer rain or searching for a cool haven from the sun.

Montacute's Orangery was built by 1840, with decorative obelisks linking it to the Elizabethan origins of the garden. It is shown on an 1848 sketch as 'new Garden Green House'.

Elsewhere in the garden, herbaceous borders in East Court are coming into full summer glory, with the scent of honeysuckle and roses (a particular favourite is the beautiful Blanc double de Coubert). Look out for frothy clouds of Crambe cordifolia framing the view through the gate to the lime avenue or admire the honeysuckle trained into standards that form centrepieces in the long borders.

East Court may be bursting with flowers, but we are true to our Tudor origins in North Garden, with dark green yew hedges enclosing wide gravel walks (suitable for wheelchairs). You’ll find our gardeners hard at work mowing and edging to keep those crisp lines typical of Tudor gardens. Stroll around Cedar Court and marvel at the graceful twists in the Sweet Chestnut bark – a living sculpture. This was once a bowling green, but now you might catch the Montacute croquet club hard at work – it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.