From the moment I arrived and saw the amazing earthwork, I realised this was a special place.
The front gate is a grand ruined affair and leads into a formal lawn with box edging and topiarised trees.
It was all beautifully maintained.
Box edging was very much a theme of the gardens, as were brightly dressed people.
It is all rather spectacular.
Did I mention brightly dressed people and fantastic architecture?
Even the ducks had a grand apartment (there were two of these, one each side).
Everything was on a grand scale.
The walled vegetable garden was more than impressive,
just look at these perfectly espaliered trees.
Beyond the formal gardens there were the working gardens, these were equally beautiful. The cutting gardens were so well done.
and this eruption of pumpkins on the compost heap was just a masterclass in how to grow pumpkins.
The tump had to be climbed up.
and it was worth the walk.
did I mention brightly dressed people? Its not often you see a peacock looking dowdy in comparison.
however the lairy shirt cup came home with me.
It was a fantastic day, the food, the surroundings and the company was wonderful and a great time was (hopefully) had by all. A huge thanks to the organisers, it was a triumph.