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Shilstone Garden Tour

Courtyard Garden - Spring Flowers - Daffodil & Narcissi Bulbs

Shilstone Garden Tour

Lucy Fenwick, who designed the garden, will take you around the garden and explain how it has evolved from its conception. The house had absolutely no garden when the project of restoration was embarked upon, so it is still maturing and changing.  The gardens are a mixture of formal and informal, to include a beautifully restored Walled Garden, together with its 17th century crenelated banqueting house in one corner. Adjacent to this, are two terrace paths, traversing the wildflower garden banks to the reinstated, original four terraces, connected by fine granite steps. The valley to the South, boasts a rare 17th century water theatre, fronted by a later 18th century grotto, which leads into beautiful rills, cascades, and leats, and a series of stone lined pools. The pools were originally medieval fish ponds, but became the centre of this idyllic, Arcadian landscape, which contains this important 17th century Water Theatre designed by Thomas Savery, whose family owned Shilstone at that date. The gardens are a haven for wildlife and flowers, including rare orchids, and we have many hedgehogs, songbirds, kingfishers and in the ponds, newts.  Lucy will also show you the vegetable garden with its charming newly built potting shed.  Lucy will be happy to help with any questions that she is able to answer.