As this estate is readily sold off as a wedding venue, I did not have a lot of hope for the garden. The website show off powdered white rooms with tables filled to the rim with white wedding flowers and white table cloths.
I am relieved to say, that the garden is really worth a visit. This property has a lot to offer, so head to Surrey and save 3 hours for this gem of a garden!
The garden has strong lines, clipped hedges with masses of romantic loose planting, which is just what I prefer! An easy match!You will find good plant combinations and other inspirations to bring back home.
A white garden, good focal points, classic fountains and water features, kitchen garden, old greenhouses and a canal is some of the exciters in this garden.
The masses of roses, the wine walk, a field of poppies, exotic plants and palms and tall hedges and walls really impressed me.
I especially noticed the clever plant combinations mixing flower heads of spires, buttons, leaves and umbellifers in lovely combinations.
The Kitchen garden was filled with good ideas on how to train soft fruit, attract bees and birds and create some colour in it.
My favorite part must be the white part of the garden. How it is filled with white, dark green, soft green and silver in all heights and widths. (picture in top right in collage) Well done!
The garden sits inside an old wall from the 16th century (as old as the house) and edged by a moat walk. The design is based on a Gertrude Jekyll design. It was improved in the mid 1990s and is probably more lovely now than ever.
I would recomend using a car to reach this property near Guildford south of London. (Sat nav Stakescorner Road GU3 1HS) If you need to use public transportation, I would go to Guildford and take a taxi from there.
A mobile tea shop was set up when we visited. Lovely in good weather, but a bit cold when we was there.
The gift shop, had loads of gifts. Was hoping for a bit more garden related gifts, but ended up with some tea towels and some cards. Collected seeds from the garden would have been lovely!
Other places to visit nearby:
If you wanted to combine this visit with another garden, there are more to pick from in the area. Wisley is the first that comes to mind, but is so big, it might be to much on a single day. I must mention the lovely Winkworth Arboretum which is on its best in autumn, winter and spring.
If you want a cosy place to spend the night nearby I will recommend the tranquil Rookery nook. Best B&B I have ever visited!