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A rare fortified monastery founded by the Augustinian order in 1229. The site was
moated and a gate tower added in the late 13th or early 14th century, probably in
anticipation of a French attack. There is a reconstructed Physic Garden in the grounds,
and a reconstruction of a cloister garden.
The site is completely enclosed by the moat, and within the moat is the very large
Elizabethan farmhouse, incorporating parts of the original medieval monastery. There
are numerous outbuildings, including the forge, and a lovely garden area.
Week beginning 25th May 2020
Monday 3rd August 2020
Chenies Manor House and Gardens & Cliveden House and Gardens - Buckinghamshire Buckibghamshire
A fifteenth century moated medieval castle which operates as an International Study
Centre for Queen’s University in Canada and is set within 300 acres of woodland with
beautiful themed gardens. Though made in the late Middle Ages it is a great place
to think about the conditions of medieval life before the rise of the middle classes
and before the age of country houses and great gardens. The park has a short avenue
of old Spanish chestnuts (probably planted in the eighteenth century). The walled
gardens have herbaceous borders, roses, yew hedges and lawns. There is also a 1930’s
Michelham Priory & Herstmonceux Castle - East Sussex
KIFTSGATE COURT GARDENS
The gardens, famed for its roses, are the creation of three generations of women
gardeners. Started by Heather Muir in the 1920s, continued by Diany Binny from 1950
and now looked after by Anne Chambers and her husband. Kiftsgate Court is now the
home of the Chambers family.
Located at the village of Hidcote Bartrim, near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.
It is one of the best-known and most influential Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain,
with its linked "rooms" of hedges, rare trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders. Created
by Lawrence Johnston, it is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public.
CLIVEDEN HOUSE & GARDENS
Set high above the Thames with far-reaching views, impressive gardens and majestic
woodlands. The formal gardens give way to secluded glades, tree-lined avenues and
picturesque riverside with miles of woodland walks. The house is now a luxury hotel
but short tours are available.
CHENIES MANOR HOUSE
One of the UK’s finest Tudor MansionHouses. Steeped in history, the Grade I Listed
building is set in Buckinghamshire’s charming estate village of Chenies and overlooks
the Chess Valley. The venue’s grounds boast award winning gardens and original 13th
Century features including a Medieval well, a dungeon and a reputed priest hole.