Manor House in July

There is no hint in the austere brick fa├žade of the Georgian house of what lies behind, but a glimpse of garden framed by a doorway in an ancient side wall promises something special. The one-acre garden does not disappoint, hugging the banks of a river and with views over to water meadows and the landscape beyond. Within, the space is divided into different rooms by garden designer Chris Beardshaw. There are lawns, a Jekyll-inspired herbaceous walk, a Japanese style inner garden, riverside borders of ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials, a kitchen garden and south-facing terrace with curving timber deck. In the centre stands a huge old beech tree, creating a tranquil empty space separated from other areas by lengths of yew hedge.

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