Our home & studios are located in a small village on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border. When we moved here three years ago, the house and outbuildings needed a lot of love and care, but we were absolutely wowed by the beautiful garden. We had no idea that such a large, gorgeous garden was hidden behind the cottage – and neither does anyone else.
The garden is such a gem that we think it is a real shame to keep it concealed from the public eye. Originally created by the previous owner, who was a ceramicist and artist, the garden has a number of little quirks and interesting hidden areas that provide great inspiration – it's a really arty venue. With two ponds, a boat, a little wooded area, a willow tunnel, a knot garden and a number of separate little garden sections, it boasts numerous vistas and interesting angles. Although there are some formal, established beds, we've ensured that plenty of the garden is still wild and rustic. The butterflies and bees love it! And we've spent many an hour taking photographs of its ever-changing seasonal views.
The garden provides us with great inspiration. My husband, Simon, is a woodturner, and his workshop looks out over the garden. I am a ceramicist and silk painter, and my pottery studio looks out over the hot garden which is located right next to the house. The ever-changing seasons in the garden have given me some great design ideas too.
We think art groups, drawing clubs & photography clubs would really enjoy a setting like this which offers so much inspiration. So, we're offering a 5-hour package for groups of 10 or more people to come and enjoy, draw, paint and wander. The gardens are totally private, so they have not been, and are not, open to the general public.
The fee of £25 per head includes access to the entire garden, a rustic lunch which will be served in the marquee, refreshments will also be available to purchase, and there are toilet facilities. The garden offers various seating areas and, weather permitting, we've also got a number of picnic blankets which can be used to sit on anywhere in the garden. We recommended booking from 10 am – 3 pm, as this will ensure the best possible lighting too. We would aim to serve lunch at 12.30 pm.
The variety of trees includes, among others, a number of silver birch, a large paulownia, a stunning robinia, several willows, a gingko, a large tulip tree, a magnificent wedding cake tree, several magnolias, a selection of conifers, various orchard trees …