Opening dates and times:Suns 16 June; 21 July; 25 Aug; 15 Sept (11-5)
Admission:Adm £5, chd free
Contact:Mr & Mrs John Makepeace
Location:Southern edge of Beaminster.
On B3163. Car parking on site only for those in wheelchairs. Enter through garden door in wall adjacent to museum Park in square area
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Description:At Farrs, enjoy several distinctive walled gardens, gallery of art and furniture by John Makepeace in historic house. Rolling lawns, sculpture and giant topiary around the house; John’s inspirational ‘grasses’ garden; Jennie’s riotous potager with cleft-oak fruit-cage. Glasshouse, straw-bale studio; geese in orchard contrasting with elegant courtyard
House open on NGS days with selection of furniture by John Makepeace, and paintings, sculpture and applied arts by living artists. Plants for sale
In the press:Featured on Gardeners World and in Telegraph, Mail on Sunday and Gardens Illustrated
Disability information:Some gravel paths, but with alternative route through the orchard
Further details:- Visitors especially enjoy seeing not only a contemporary garden, but also a modern interior in a historic house ( Listed Grade 2* ). The combination makes for a much fuller experience.
- Beaminster, as its name suggests, is a pretty small town in a great area to stay for NGS days. Next door we have the excellent Bridge House Hotel offering fine dining and a more casual brasserie. Nearby villages have characterful pubs, several with celebrity chefs.
- West Dorset is wonderfully rural walking country with Iron Age forts, secret valleys and magnificent paths along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
- Nearby are the very attractive towns of Lyme Regis, Sherborne, Bridport and Cerne Abbas.
- The Coach House at Farrs has been converted into a luxurious apartment for couples wanting to explore or return to the delights of Dorset’s countryside; bookings should be made through Rural Retreats: www.ruralretreats.co.uk