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The beauty and tranquillity of little
known Shropshire can be fully
appreciated at this very unusual
property. It stands in a spectacular
position overlooking one of the few
Grade I landscapes in the country.

Inside The Citadel

The garden, which lies to the south and west of the house, extends to some three acres.

At the core of it is a sandstone rocky outcrop with winding paths, which go right round and over it. Being fortunate enough to have a light acid soil, the main part of the garden is full of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, acers and heathers of many varieties. All round the garden are areas of lawn, which help to give perspective.

By some steps on the far side of the garden is a thatched Victorian-style summerhouse. From there you can look across the Shropshire plain to the Welsh hills in the distance. This is a tranquil, idyllic spot for guests to sit and enjoy. Mature trees of oak, scots pine and copper beech give shade and a heightened dimension to the garden, while younger species of conifer and ornamental trees provide colour and interest all year round.

The large kitchen garden, which provides nearly all the vegetables and soft fruit for the house, has the protection of a high Victorian brick wall. This part of the garden is formal in design, with inter-connecting paved paths, and is as much ornamental as functional. It could be more accurately described as a potager - where vegetables and flowers happily intermingle.



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