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Contact:Mrs Felicity Dahl
Location:5m NW of Amersham.
A413 to Gt Missenden. Take Whitefield Lane, opp Missenden Abbey entrance, under railway bridge. Small Georgian house on R, park in field opp.
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Description:Late Roald Dahl's garden. York stone terrace, pleached lime walk, with hostas, hellebore and allium. Sunken garden, water feature, sundial garden, topiary oaks, herbaceous perennials, assorted roses. Walled vegetable garden, espalier fruits, herbs, greenhouse with vine, peaches and nectarines. Yew garden with roses and perennials. Wild flower meadow, gypsy caravan.
Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre in village
Disability information:Very limited wheelchair access. Steps in all parts of garden
Further details:Gipsy House was the home of late Roald Dahl. In this garden he built a hut on the edge of the wild flower meadow where he wrote his entire collection of children's stories, so not surprisingly this garden has enormous appeal to children as well as adults. It is a small garden full of surprises. From the top of the garden there is a walled terraced vegetable garden with a greenhouse containing James' giant peaches, nectarines, three varieties of desert grapes, a collection of pelargoniums and a small goldfish tank. Amongst a wide variety of vegetables are his prize Robinsons' mammoth onions. On the walls are trained fruit trees. Following on from the walled garden you enter a small children's yew and boxwood maze. The paths are carved with quotations from his books. On exiting the maze you enter the lime tree tunnel leading to his writing hut. The rest of the front garden contains a potager, herbaceous borders and a small sunken garden with water feature and paved terrace. From here you walk through the wild flower meadow into the orchard to the front of the house. There is a small wild garden where 'Danny Champion of the World's' caravan nestles. You enter the front garden with two herbaceous borders, and newly planted yew balls and york stone path leading to the front door.