The mellow brick 18th century house is well protected from the main road by a huge undulating yew and box hedge. The 5 1/2 acre garden on chalk slopes away from the house and is divided into three parts. The first contains the famous mirror-image herbaceous borders. Surrounding beds have a large array of usual and unusual plants, shrubs, bulbs and small trees. Fine wrought-iron gates lead through into the walled working kitchen garden, cultivated entirely by hand, containing fruit and vegetables grown for the house, old-fashioned sweet peas, perpetual carnations, a paeony walk and a trial area for plants. Ornamental flower beds alongside a central path lead through a second wrought-iron gate into the orchard area featuring fruit trees underplanted with massed daffodils and a wild flower area. The orchard is terminated by a blue-doored apple house and belfry. To the east are interesting shrubs and trees and castellations of yew. There are carpets of aconites, snowdrops, crocuses and other bulbs in the spring.

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