Well, we had a great day out on Sunday visiting this garden near Fakenham, Norfolk. A Tudor Hall with some fantastic chimneys and gables plus a superbly crafted and well-kept garden. Not normally open to the public, on Sunday the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade were the beneficiaries of the garden day.
Thorpland Hall is a sixteenth century hall set in 6 acres of quintessentially English country gardens. It is a gem of a place with some very nice touches:
- grass cut to varying heights to create informal paths and visual interest
- subtle shrub and plant combinations
- well stocked, traditional kitchen garden with Broad Beans as well as peas held up by brushwood and interesting intermingling of herbaceous and other perennials
- A stone flag path with side planting pockets from which various ‘low growers’ soften the edges
- Use of ‘saved’ architectural features from local churches as well as its own ‘ruined chapel’
- a vast variety of trees and shrubs all looking mature and well cared for
- a lily covered lake excavated by the owners, Nigel and Annabel Savory, with a ‘nod to Monet’ in its wooden bridge
- a delightful ‘shepherds hut’ summer house and ‘his and hers’ rustic chairs.