The main house was open only for a limited selection of themed tours and we booked to go on the "Italian Connection" tour, but I was particularly interested to see the walled garden which is being restored to its former glory. We set off on the "Mile Walk" around the grounds. There are various other walks too, including one to the deer park. Walks leaflets are available from reception.
This is the bee house, one of only two Regency bee houses left in the country. The bees are housed in traditional straw skeps.
|Forcing sea kale|
|The dipping pond|
|Orchard, with over 160 trees|
After we'd visited the playground, which is off the orchard, we wandered along the sheds that were situated on the north side of the south wall. This was traditional with walled gardens as it was the area that got the least sunlight.
One of the sheds contained a see-through bee hive so we were able to see the bees wandering around inside. There was also a little perspex "escape tunnel" for the bees to get in and out.
|The original boiler room used to generate heat for the walls and the glass houses|
|The original fruit store|
|Orchard fruit stored in modern crates|
|The underground root store|
|The Bothy, where the unmarried gardeners lived|
|The range cooker inside the bothy|
|Terracotta pots, including sizing guide|
|An aerial view of the walled garden, three quarters complete|
|Inside one of the greenhouses|
|A tree sculpture in the orchard|
Until next time. x