Cloudehill has series of outdoor rooms or compartments, around 20 in total, surrounded by walls of stone and brick or in some cases gorgeous green clipped hedges both high and low. The flowers at this time time of year are like little jewels in the crown of this beautiful garden. This is all set amongs the most magnificent old European beech, magnolias, maples and tree rhododendrons. I fell in love with these gardens and I know I will return many times.
The Rangeview gardens which adjoin Cloudehill have a very different feel, whilst still being surrounded by the glorious old European trees it is described as being a, Magical "WILD" garden and this is certainly how we felt about it. With earth paths descending down into the valley you feel like you are entering a land of fairy tales where you might just see fairies, elves or hobbits flitting about! Under the canopy of the gorgeous old rhododendrons, magnolias and beeches you see a twisted writhing mass of branches all competing for a spot of sunlight. I can imagine that some might find it a little spooky however the expectation of maybe coming across a resident wombat or Australian lyrebirds would surely spur them on...
Here is a link to my Picasa album if you would like to see more.
Cloudehill Rangeview Gardens