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Parsonage House

Haverhill

C15 house (not open) surrounded by 3 acres of formal gardens with mixed borders, topiary, pond, potager and greenhouse. Further 3-acre wild flower meadow with orchids and rare trees and further 3 acre orchard of old East Anglian apple varieties in two small fields across the lane.
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    Parsonage House (Grade II*), built in the mid-15th century, was originally owned by St. Paul's in London. The house is surrounded by three acres of formal gardens featuring mixed borders containing many rare plants, many of which are home-grown. A huge and ancient topiary yew dominates the lawn area. The pond was part of the original moat and is a haven for wildlife, as is the wildflower meadow of three and a half acres. The greenhouse, containing a fine collection of pelargoniums and tender plants, is the hub of extensive propagation. Many of the plants grown there appear in the containers by the pool house. Charles Morris, designer of the Orchard Room at Highgrove House for HRH Prince Charles, designed the pool house, garden room and potting shed. The potager has an ancient “Newton Wonder” apple tree, standard gooseberries, raspberries and strawberries, as well as lettuce, carrots, beans, and other herbs and vegetables for the kitchen. On the other side of the lane adjoining the house are two fields, one of which is exactly one acre in size. These are the only two fields in the village which have not changed in size since being drawn on the original tithe maps for the area. It is worth noting that the unit of one acre was determined by the area that one man and a horse-drawn plough could cover in one day. Today the fields are planted with over 120 old East Anglian apple varieties. The garden is of interest all year round and has been featured in Country Life magazine, The English Garden, Hortus and Gardens Illustrated.

    Featured in the recently published book 'Secret Gardens of East Anglia' with photographs by Marcus Harpur

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Featured in the recently published book 'Secret Gardens of East Anglia' with photographs by Marcus Harpur.

Parsonage House- Canceled

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The Hon & Mrs Nigel Turner

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How to find us

Parsonage House
Wiggens Green
Helions Bumpstead
Haverhill
Essex
CB9 7AD

3m S of Haverhill.
  • More detailed directions
    From Xrds in the village centre go up past the Church for approx 1m. Parking on R through a five bar gate into the orchard. Garden on L of the lane.
Accessibility information

Gravel drive and small step into WC.

More about Parsonage House

Parsonage House (Grade II*), built in the mid-15th century, was originally owned by St. Paul's in London. The house is surrounded by three acres of formal gardens featuring mixed borders containing many rare plants, many of which are home-grown. A huge and ancient topiary yew dominates the lawn area. The pond was part of the original moat and is a haven for wildlife, as is the wildflower meadow of three and a half acres. The greenhouse, containing a fine collection of pelargoniums and tender plants, is the hub of extensive propagation. Many of the plants grown there appear in the containers by the pool house. Charles Morris, designer of the Orchard Room at Highgrove House for HRH Prince Charles, designed the pool house, garden room and potting shed. The potager has an ancient “Newton Wonder” apple tree, standard gooseberries, raspberries and strawberries, as well as lettuce, carrots, beans, and other herbs and vegetables for the kitchen. On the other side of the lane adjoining the house are two fields, one of which is exactly one acre in size. These are the only two fields in the village which have not changed in size since being drawn on the original tithe maps for the area. It is worth noting that the unit of one acre was determined by the area that one man and a horse-drawn plough could cover in one day. Today the fields are planted with over 120 old East Anglian apple varieties. The garden is of interest all year round and has been featured in Country Life magazine, The English Garden, Hortus and Gardens Illustrated.

Featured in the recently published book 'Secret Gardens of East Anglia' with photographs by Marcus Harpur

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