Angela encouraged us to visit this National Trust gem
The National Trust has owned Woolbeding since 1958, but without funding, so the house was tenanted out. In 1973, the lease was taken by Sir Simon Sainsbury, grocery magnate and philanthropist, and his partner Stewart Grimshaw, and it is they who have created the garden. They made a true horticultural haven bursting with colourful planting, sensational views and a whole host of surprises.
Woolbeding delighed at every turn with distinctive garden rooms set against manicured hedges and thoughtfully composed colour-themed borders. Formal lawns melt into the rural landscape and beyond the meadow, we found a waterfall, Gothic summerhouse and enchanting landscape garden.
Their potager at Woolbeding consists of approximately 1,200 lettuces. The design is changed three times a year, with each design lasting around ten weeks until the lettuces begin to ‘hearten’ and in warm weather, bolt.
A ruined Abbey with a Gothic window overlooking a lake that leads into woodland gardens called the Long Walk with a circular route and a yellow Chinese bridge that crosses the water, all built in the late 1990s
Near the house were the formal garden rooms, each one thoughtfully laid out with the help of notable garden designers in the 1980s
All who went had a fantastic day.