Sunday, 25 August 2013

Athelhampton House & Gardens Pt. 2, Dorset

Alfred Cart de Lafontaine built the formal gardens in 1891.
Francis Inigo Thomas designed four ham stone courts in the Elizabethan style. The Great Court, after 100 years has evolved into a unique topiary spectacle containing twelve giant pyramids standing over 30 feet high.
Water forms a recurring feature, with fountains and pools throughout the characteristic themed compartments of the garden, that link creating a labyrinth of rooms.





















walking along the river on  the more wild side at the bottom of the garden











and then back through this tunnel into the formal areas again


the side of the house


and the Dovecote which was very messy inside
Hope you enjoyed both the house and the garden


13 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Lovely garden for sure. I was some surprised to see what looked like palm trees there. It has been a lovely summer. So glad you got out and saw so many beautiful sights

Barbee' said...

Fabulous garden! Thank you.

Sara said...

The dovecote is very charming with its little buttresses and the climbing roses; too bad someone has not created a nice little retreat inside, put in a window or two . . . I guess that wouldn't be authentic. The photo with the palm tree could be straight from Southern California! The gardens are wonderful, and I especially like the way the tall green hedge fills in the spaces in the stone wall.

Vee said...

Such a pretty tree with the golden leaves...I am assuming that it is that color all through the spring and summer. Beautiful gardens and lawns, ponds and pathways...thank you for taking us along.

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

Stunning! The wall with the spires is quite incredible. I do like the archway in the wall, leading from one area to the next. I always think they give a garden a magical quality.

Lorrie said...

The dovecote is so pretty with the pink roses climbing all over it, in spite of being messy inside. What lovely gardens you find, Barbara. England is full of them.

Cathy said...

Wonderful photos! I especially love gardens with walls that have door ways. Thank you for the tour!

becky up the hill said...

Oh my. I am hard at work with my wee little boxwoods. So what kind of messy was in the Dovecote? (sorry I ask weird ?'s)

Deanna said...

Absolutely gorgeous gardens. I would love to be able to actually walk these grounds and admire the beauty in person. What a treat!
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elizabeth said...

You do go to the best places!
Greetings and love from us in NY.

La Petite Gallery said...

The walls and ponds are so gorgeous, what a lucky person lived here.
I would only want to be the owner not the Gardener, gosh so much up keep.
I love all the great places you go. Thanks for sharing these great photo's. Fall is on it's way in Maine, nice weather. yvonne

madeforjoy said...

What a spectacular home and garden! Such decorative, delightful details.

Hillside Garden said...

What a great garden, Barbara. Wonderful formal cuttings, I like yews whereever I find them.

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