Ferne House, Ferne, Nr Shaftesbury
The Viscount and Viscountess Rothermere
Lady Rothermere and Rupert Golby originally designed the garden around Quinlan Terry’s classical house at Ferne and, when the house was enlarged in the last few years, Rupert returned to adjust the garden to accommodate the new layout. Double avenues of limes stretch to the hills to the south and garden rooms of clipped hedges decorated with standard wisterias echo the architecture of the building. An immaculate potager, a decorative orchard, a cascade into an informal lake and a minimalist swimming pool with a pool house based on the Praeneste Terrace in the garden at Rousham are among the many delights of this magnificent garden.
Shute House, Donhead St Mary
Mr and Mrs John Lewis
The River Nadder rises in the garden at Shute and is the soul of this intriguing and mysterious garden, which was designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1969. Bubbling up in a pool adjoining the lake, the water takes two courses; one informal and natural, the other formal and classical. From a rectangular canal, overlooked by three Roman busts, the water falls away from two throne-like chairs in series of cascades, bounded by densely planted perennial borders, into pools inspired by Moorish gardens. At this point the two water courses meet. Suzy Lewis, who understands this garden so well, has added to and enriched it, re-organising the entrance to bring the lovely east façade of the house into the garden, adding an allée, contained by hornbeam hedges and creating a new garden in a courtyard outside her kitchen. Jellicoe’s masterpiece is in very safe hands.