Garden Descriptions

1 Baycroft

Hidden from view, with a busy vegetable patch and greenhouse, and innumerable pots, this garden features a rose arbour, a Paperbark Maple and a patio where you can rest awhile.

Box House

A partially-landscaped garden with topiary, featuring an orchard, trout lake, summerhouse, fully productive allotment with ‘polytunnel’ and secret garden path.

Compass Cottage

Very fine views from the terrace, beautifully landscaped with a pleasant walk looking back up the gardens. However, there are constant problems with rabbits, badgers and deer.


In the midst of transformation from a tired 1960’s garden to a more contemporary design, with a pond, terrace and colour-themed borders containing mixed planting.

Grey Roofs

Formal and informal areas, separated by walls and hedges, create a journey of discovery with many stunning viewpoints, some opened up by new terracing.

Hampton Court

A large garden with mature trees and shrubs, and some new borders, features two ponds, one with carp and one more natural. There are several walkways and places to sit.

2 Holly Tree Cottage

A Victorian cottage, with a beautiful entrance gate, terraced lawn for entertaining, and a broad meandering grass path flanked by abundant traditional herbaceous borders.

Long Cottage

A traditional cottage-style garden with perennials, herb and vegetable plots. Come and rest awhile on one of our garden seats.

The Malthouse

In a woodland setting, this is one of the oldest gardens and is currently being restored to its Victorian design with many interesting features.


We have at last finished redesigning the garden after building an extension. There is plenty new to see, especially our new topiary figure: can you find it and guess what it is?


A sheltered, pocket-sized, anarchic cottage garden. Naturalised and organic, with a pond, wildlife and bee-friendly scented plants, alliums, roses, tomatoes and beans.


One of a row of cottages listed for their unspoiled frontages, this cottage garden reflects a simple design evolved to give colour throughout the year.

Tunnel House

With the rock face and tunnel entrance still visible in an old quarry, and a small wooded area, this garden planted with shrubs and herbaceous borders looks out onto the Avening valley.


A small secluded garden designed and tended for many years by Marianne Lengemann. The garden has a small pond – and a wide variety of fruit and flowers.

Willow Cottage

With a mature willow in the front garden, the informal country-cottage style centres on the main flower bed along one side. The hostas are particularly attractive.


Attractive borders but giving a Border Collie space to run! Experiments with reliable perennials and grasses ensure there is colour and interest from spring through to autumn.