Cothay Manor Garden

Cothay Manor garden

Last year I shared pictures of the courtyard garden at Cothay Manor. This post is take two, about the rest of the garden. I’m skimping on the words this time around, and concentrating on the pictures.

Clematis arch over the gate

Sinuous gravel path through a flower garden
Designers often talk of softening a path: this one is suitably sinuous
Traditional lily pool at Cothay Manor
Traditional lily pool

The whole garden is a lovely mix of formal and informal; the planting everywhere softens the geometry.

White thyme used as underplanting in a cut out shape beneath a variegated tree
White thyme underplanting a variegated tree in a cut out shape

I tried to find out the name for the shape cut into the lawn below this decorative tree but drew a blank. It’s a hexagon pulled outwards. Although I didn’t get a great picture, I found it utterly charming with all the layers of interest.

Rambling roses at Cothay Manor

After I shared another shot of these ramblers recently, Maureen (Oddment) and I had been wondering whether it was wise to wish for the medieval manor house as well as its rambling roses because of the dusting involved. I made no mention of the mullioned windows.

It turns out this was not all pipe dream as the house is up for sale (offers above £5 million). I’m going to have to pass, but if you’d like to look inside, now’s your chance.

Purple leaf sage: Salvia oficianalis purpurea
Herbs included a fine clump of purple leaf sage (Salvia oficianalis purpurea)
Erigeron karvinskianus
Erigeron karvinskianus is permitted to carpet some areas

Slate piled up to make a sculpture

Pots overspilling with annual flowers at Cothay Manor
Large, decorative pots of annuals help to pack in colour
Cothay Manor unicorn walk
Cothay Manor’s unicorn guards one end of a tree-lined walk planted with catmint

I feel a bit chastened learning the manor is for sale. It’s w-a-a-a-y out of my way, but it would be a shame if people were no longer able to visit. The garden was very quiet on the hot summer day of our visit and the current climate is not helping gardens to survive.

33 Replies to “Cothay Manor Garden”

  1. It is a lovely garden, and it would be such a shame if public access is lost. I always enjoyed visiting old houses / gardens in the UK, but never had the slightest desire to live in one. Having said that, I did briefly have a flat in Gayhurst House, near Newport Pagnell. It came with a gardener though.

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