One of the features of the gardens is the number of smaller self-contained natural gardens that give the guests a choice of secluded locations to enjoy the varied flora and fauna of the property. These gardens are set around the property and vary considerably. Some are not easy to find, but are much enjoyed by the birds, including the many peacocks as they follow the sun around the house.
Apart from the Gardens and beech woodland, there are fairy forts, tree-lined drives, lakeside paths, lodges and even a small castle to explore.
The walled garden is the centrepiece to the gardens at Ashleypark. There are many features to the gardens, too many to list, but let’s start with the basic layout.
The garden faces south with a gentle fall down towards the lake. The garden is walled on all four sides by eight foot walls, with a lower wall on the south face affording views to the lake. The garden is divided into quadrants; the north east quadrant is grassed and ringed with a collection of old and rare breed apple trees. At the top is Katherine’s gazebo, built by David jnr and David snr, the former a structural engineer more used to suspension bridges, the latter a 75 year old retired naval officer. Yes, all lines are very straight. The roof is a octagonal, cubic parabolic pyramid. David Snr is doing a PhD in mathematics!
The other quadrants are given over to a spring meadow, a natural woodland and a vegetable garden and orchard.