Our focus should not be the house, except to note that the modern student building fits very well with the gardens. This modern style appeals to me because it avoids the anitiquated style of the main house and keeps the property alive.
The kitchen garden directly abuts the house´s orangery, where a small path leads into the more important part of the garden. As you pass through a narrow opening in the hedge near the orangery, a spectacular garden expierence opens: The basic garden layout is as it was in the 18th century, as shown by contemporary paintings. What makes this look so adorable? There are a few, simple and well arranged characteristics: a clear layout, consisting of three straight lines, which meet the house with right angles (the old yew alley, new path, and the long rectangular pond). Another main line captures and combines the three elements at some distance from the house, making a balanced look.
and grotto are publically accessible only six times a year, but it is well worth a visit in the summer when the garden is at its most beautiful (my visit was on the 29th of May 2014).