Amateur gardener Phyllis Reiss designed the garden in 1933 when she and her husband, Captain F.E. Reiss, bought the house. Her vision was greatly influenced by Hidcote, which I showed here last November 2012, and also the Arts and Crafts style of garden.
White and blue Anemone blanda en masse
The house was built in the 17th century of honey coloured Ham stone, and reshaped in the early 18th century. It is rightly designated as a Grade l listed building.
Having no family of their own they had intended to leave the property to their nephew, but he was sadly killed in WWll, so in 1954 she gave the house and garden to the National Trust.
Initially the Trust let the house to tenants, including the garden designer and writer Penelope Hobhouse, but now it can be rented as a holiday let from the Trust.
This round window in the apex of the pediment showing a grotesque head at its centre is an intriguing design, both sides of the window can be opened.
I do have a weakness for door knockers, and this one is a fine example
This photo shows the original 17th century part of the house.
When we visited last weekend many of the borders were only just beginning to show some life. The long pool was looking particularly bare, but in a few weeks time the borders should be a riot of colour, the water lilies will be covering the pond and the trees will be wearing their new spring growth.