The gardens at Farleigh Wallop are a continually changing place of contemplation and beauty, commissioned by Lord and Lady Portsmouth in 1992 from renowned garden designer Georgia Langton.
A three-acre walled garden is divided by yew hedges into formal ‘rooms’. An ornamental potager combines herbaceous borders with vegetable beds which, with the cuttings garden, supply the house with flowers and produce through the season.
In the elegant glasshouse—a riot of rainbow colours and interwoven vines—the air is heavy with the scent of flowers from faraway lands.
The classic English style of the rose garden creates a pleasing contrast with the contemporary wild rose and sculpture garden. A ha-ha at the end of the croquet lawn leads the eye from the gardens to the parkland, fields and woods beyond.
A serpentine walk garlanded with fragrant shrubs finishes at a sculpture pond that evokes the serenity of Japanese ornamental gardens. Beyond this lie wrought-iron gates that open onto a lake, home to koi carp and golden orfe. Moored by the jetty is a boat perfect for gently sculling around the lake’s central island.