Pound Barn, West Kington – Mr and Mrs Philip Stockitt
Philip and Barbara Stockitt moved from Pound Hill House into the barn next door, where she had had her plant nursery. She has created a new garden here, smaller than the one she left, but with echoes of the features that worked so well at Pound Hill House. Here is the same use of hedges and dry stone walls for structure and, of course, the same abundance of roses now mixed with grasses. Topiary is important in the garden and Barbara still has a topiary nursery. Beyond the barn is a sunken terrace with patterned paving interspersed with box, geraniums, Verbena and Erigeron. The main garden is a wide rectangle lawn, enclosed by yew hedges with generous borders, divided by smart yew buttresses, filled with roses bred by her brother, David Austin.
Pound Hill House, West Kington – Mr and Mrs Simon Tatham
The garden at Pound Hill was originally created by Barbara Stockitt in the late 1980s, in spite of advice from Graham Thomas that nothing would grow on this high windswept Wiltshire plateau, and has recently been taken on by Simon and Minnie Tatham. The garden entirely suits the mellow Cotswold stone house, wrapping round it like a blanket. Intimate spaces, formed by Wisteria-clad walls and clipped hedges, are filled with roses and link together to form vistas across the garden. A long rose and Wisteria pergola cuts through an ancient orchard and beyond an avenue of sweet chestnuts draws the eye from the tennis court. On the south side of the house a sunny, sunken terrace, sociably furnished with tables and chairs and a box-hedged and rose-filled parterre gives on to a large open lawn and contrasts well with the enclosed spaces.
Cadenham Manor, Foxham – Mr and Mrs Martin Nye
The wonderful four-acre garden around the late 17th century house at Cadenham Manor was laid out by Victoria Nye’s grandmother, who bought the house in 1945 and started with an unremarkable farmhouse garden. From the forecourt of the house a stroll through the orangery leads to the first of a series of formal spaces immediately around the house; from the Lavender Garden one passes the South Borders into the sunken parterres and the first of the moats that are such a significant feature of the garden. Away from the house the garden relaxes and spreads around further moats, there are more garden rooms enclosed by clipped hedges, including a vegetable garden, white garden, peony and Iris walk and a long vista to an Ionic temple. The last surprise of all is the Canal Garden formed from the remains of Wilts and Berks Canal.