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.
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.