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This luxurious country house hotel opened in 2002 and Dale & Heybrook have been involved with the gardens since that time.  The hotel requires gardens that look good all year round whilst being exciting and colourful, in keeping with the contemporary interior.  The Victorian gardens are Grade II listed and contain many handsome original features which we maintain set against uncluttered sweeps of lawn and luxuriant planting.

The mature trees, lakes, woods and grassland are managed so guests can amble through the grounds and soak up the beauty and tranquillity and we drew up a plan of the grounds to guide guests on their ambles.  The gardens are also used for outdoor dining, open-air theatre, picnics and an annual Royal College of Art sculpture exhibition.

We have gradually developed different areas of the fifty-five acre grounds, whilst preserving the incredible natural beauty and history of the site.  The grotto has been planted for winter interest with hellebores and ferns.   A modern herb garden and large colourful herb planters have been created for daily use by the kitchen.  

Borders around the hotel and shop are planted for year-round appeal and the Victorian stone urns are regularly replanted with seasonal flowers.  Some areas of grass are left un-mown for wild flowers to flourish.  Through the grounds, there are drifts of snowdrops, winter aconites, bluebells, wood anemones and wild orchids.  Future plans include a cutting garden to provide flowers for the hotel.

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