It’s no wonder that Queen Victoria loved these beautiful gardens, stunningly located between the mountains and the estuary. A magical landscape, the gardens contain many rare varieties of exotic and native trees and shrubs.
Snowdrops and crocuses fill the gardens during February, followed in March by carpets of daffodils. There’s a breathtaking display of bluebells in the woodland gardens and in April and May our many azaleas and rhododendrons provide an impressive explosion of colour.
There are camellias, magnolias and hydrangeas as well as splendid examples of sequoia and wellingtonia trees. In fact, the gardens play host to the definitive collection of Wellingtonii in the UK. Queen Victoria is reputed to have planted the Persian Ironwood (Parrotia), famed for its autumn colour.
The rocky woodland garden climbs steeply behind the house. Follow the path to the bird reserve and you’ll cross the babbling stream that then cascades down to a delightful water feature at the bottom. The large rocky mound in the middle of the garden is an idyllic setting for quiet contemplation.