This magnificent, informal landscape garden was laid out in the 18th century by 'Capability' Brown and further developed in the early years of the 20th century by its owner, Arthur G Soames. The original four lakes form the centrepiece. There are dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in spring, and the rhododendrons, azaleas and stream garden are spectacular in early summer. Autumn brings stunning colours from the many rare trees and shrubs and winter walks can be enjoyed in this garden for all seasons.
Oliver Garnett is the National Trust's Guidebook Editor The late Graham Stuart Thomas was a horticultural artist, author and garden designer. In 1974 he became Garden Adviser to the National Trust and thus England's most prolific designer of large gardens.