The entrance is flanked by small statues. The gardens are full of statues. Lord Fairhaven collected them from houses across the countryside. Mostly they depict mythological or biblical subjects.
|Walking into the gardens|
|King in the green|
|Another statue (don't know who, they aren't labeled!)|
Winding our way towards the house itself, we saw a tree that had been struck by lightning twice. At least, that's what the sign says.
|Lightning does strike twice in the same spot!|
|In case you don't believe me|
Near the house, we found a lovely tree for climbing.
|Jacob starts his ascent|
|Lucy joins in the fun|
|Jacob enjoys the view|
According to the web site, there's a tree house somewhere but we didn't find it. We did go down Lime Avenue along the Quarry Pool to visit the Lode Mill.
|Quarry Pool with Lode Mill in the distance|
The clear highlight, at least in the summer, is the Herbaceous Garden, which has a circular lawn surrounded by various flowering plants and herbs, which are in turn surrounded by a hedge border.
|The Herbaceous Garden|
|People admiring the flowers|
|Bees admiring the flowers|
On our way back to the car, we took the Holm Oak Avenue which was lovely and shady from the hot sun.
|Lucy comes through the gate by the mill|
|Jacob and I on the avenue of oaks|
|I can't remember why we hugged, but we don't really need a reason, do we?|
|The Winter Garden is probably not best in July|
We enjoyed our visit and would probably come back to explore more in another season.