Dower House - This little cottage belongs to Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham.
And here is Downton Place, the "smaller" house into which the family nearly moved.
Downton Place is actually Grey's Court. Below is a photo of the garden. Charming, right? See more photos here.While fantasizing over Downton Place and Dower House, I reminisced my visit to a charming historic house: Tintinhull.
Located in Somerset, England, Tintinhull house and garden are now part of the National Trust. The 17th century manor house, built of Ham Hill limestone, has the most mellow, honey colored patina. (The house is available for lease, btw.) For 14 years, Penelope Hobhouse, the famous garden designer, author of numerous books, and horticultural grande dame, cultivated the gardens while living there.
Dear Ms. Hobhouse - I might be your biggest devotee in Washington, DC (just in case you come across my little blog). Love your books!!! :)
Let us now tour the gardens at Tintinhull. I took these photos near the end of a summer visit.
Standing in the Middle Garden looking back at the manor house. Overall, the gardens are formal and presented in a series of outdoor rooms divided by clipped yews and stonewalls. I love the scale and found the gardens compact and relatable.
A handsome urn tucked in a corner of the Middle Garden.
Above: standing in the Eagle Court with an enfilade view out to the Fountain Garden (below).
A palette of whites, greens and silvers surround the Fountain Garden.
I was very fond of the series of outdoor rooms divided by shrubbery and stonewalls.
Here is the Pool Garden, which was once a tennis court. Notice the pavilion at the end of the axis. Grapevines are trained around the opening.
A lovely framed view courtesy of a cut-out doorway through the yew hedge. A double border of shrub roses and dianthuses.
Bay topiaries and amazingly healthy lavender.