It won’t have escaped your attention that last weekend I was in
sunny murky Devon on a blogger retreat, staying in a beautiful manor house called Amberstone Manor. It used to be a rectory and certainly has that grand imposing style of being “the big” house in the village, coupled with a homely and welcoming feel as you close the front door behind you and enter into the hallway.
As I don’t really sleep much beyond 6am these days (despite being desperate to lie in bed and drink tea whilst propped up on pillows as fairies thunder through my to do list) I decided to get up, get dressed, and go for what can only be described as a mooch. The weather wasn’t great but the forecast had suggested that might be as good as it got so I decided it was now or never. As it was the weather did improve and there was time for further mooching in the afternoon.
Every gap in the hedge leads you through a tunnel of leaves into an open space of croquet lawn, tennis court, or swimming pool
A balcony becomes a vantage point for the view, despite the cloud
Where every door could either be the entrance to the garden from the courtyard, into a secret room, into a hidden kitchen garden, or just hiding gas bottles
Where statues brighten up every corner, or patio
A staircase invites you to climb the stairs to discover something you haven’t seen before
A hidden spring and underground pool sit under a balustrade that you wouldn’t normally have looked twice at if somebody hadn’t said “there is a grotto somewhere”.
A gate becomes more than just a gate when three apples are sitting on it, covered in dew
This really is my kind of garden and means I can join in with the How Does Your Garden Grow linky this week.