Middlethorpe is a plantsman's garden full of unusual and interesting treasures scattered throughout a maze of small gardens.
This is cottage gardening on a grand scale
The gardens have been extensively restored and replanted since the property was acquired in 1980. There are many specimen trees, including a Cedar al Lebanon on the main lawn, a mature Red Oak in the Spring Garden, and a Turkey Oak all of which remain from the original garden.
The enchanting walled kitchen garden produces not only a beautiful display of flowering shrubs, magnificent herbaceous borders but holds herb beds and has been planted for fruit: apples, pears, plums, peaches and greengages, all of which are used by our Chef to create wonderful puddings.
The main feature of the walled kitchen garden is a mellow brick Dovecote, dating back to 1681 and rescued from dereliction in 1980, now used as a wine cellar.
To the west of the kitchen garden is the Rose Garden its wide stone path lined with lavender.
The kitchen garden links through to the walled White Garden planted with white flowering plants such as Wisteria Floribunda and Agapanthus Campanulatus Albus below. This then leads into the Spring Garden and then the park and arboretum, eventually through to a lake surrounded by a glade of trees.