Our mansion has seen its fair share of dark days and golden ages. From a 'faire place of stone' to the flamboyant, red brick restoration mansion you see today...inside and out, even the walls have stories to tell.
There’s been a house on our site since medieval times and records of the house during the Tudor period – albeit a very different mansion to the one you see today – and if you stroll through our Cedar Garden you can see these two eras of brick and mortar.
It's not just the exterior of the house that tells the tales of change. Step inside and find the most influential periods of our history brought to life. We love our legacy of flamboyant and freedom to really be yourself. When you come to visit us, don't expect to be whispering in corridors and peering into roped off areas. Get ready to immerse yourself in our history with a hands on, interactive experience.
The 18th century estate has three formal gardens, the Orchard Garden, Cedar Garden and Orangery Garden, each with their own distinctive characters. With hidden glasshouses, the 'Priest's House' and an orchard full of apple trees there are plenty of surprises hiding along secretive paths.
Dominated by a 250 year old Cedar of Lebanon, the Cedar Garden is a favourite spot for lounging, picnicking and playing. Keep an eye out for bear’s breeches, irises and Jacob’s ladder in the garden’s framed herbaceous borders.
The smallest of the three gardens, the Orangery Garden is an impression of how it would have looked more than two hundred years ago. The complex parterres are covered with a collection of different minerals arranged in undulating formal patterns.
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