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Pilley Hill Cottage

Lymington

Pilley Hill Cottage garden changes constantly through the seasons. Entering through the creeper covered lych gate, the garden reveals itself, via winding pathways with surprises around every corner. Dogwood, cornus and ghost bramble supply spring structure. Gnarled fruit trees provide shelter for bulbs, and wildflowers are making a welcome debut. Enjoy a cream tea to complete your visit.
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    If you have not visited Pilley Hill Cottage Garden before, we look forward to seeing you. If you are a previous visitor, thank you for your support and please come again in 2018.

    Our garden surrounds a C19 Georgian house, where previous owners have gardened since 1835. We frequently dig up Victorian pottery and other little hints of past lives, including an almost intact meerschaum pipe, lots of metal bits and, of course, our share of bricks and builders' rubble! The house was built as a 2-up-2-down holiday home for a ship builder and was originally called ‘The Retreat’, as a rather faint plaque on the front wall confirms, and was later given its present name of Pilley Hill Cottage.

    It's a garden of rooms – formal front garden, wild woodland garden and bog garden. A previous owner must have been very keen on apples and pears, now very old, gnarled and lichen-covered. We have developed this old orchard area into a lovely informal woodland type garden with little paths leading here and there, and much of it is left to nature. The old trees are now underplanted with hydrangeas, ferns, willow, spring bulbs and dogwoods, all of which enjoy the wet, fortunately.

    Our garden is a mass of springs which run down to the bog garden. Here are two ponds, one for wildlife, one for goldfish, and wet beds with gunnera, hosta, camassia and rodgersia. A newer addition is a woven willow walk, now a willow tunnel. Sandy has also built a wonderful roundhouse with a dry work area underneath so the garden continues to develop. And we have recently placed an antique oak bridge over the boggiest walkway.

    We are pleased to welcome visitors during Spring 2018, when the garden is bursting into life with a show of snowdrops and daffodills. We'll be offering cream teas served in vintage crockery (indoors on chilly days but it might be standing room only!). There are some slippery slopes so care is needed on some of the grass paths. We do hope you will come and visit us this year.

    Best wishes, Steph and Sandy Glen.

Features and Attractions

Steph will be giving a demonstration of spring bulb propagation at 3pm on each open day, of particular interest to those who may wish to increase their stock of snowdrops.

Pilley Hill Cottage- Canceled

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Owner Information

Steph & Sandy Glen
01590 677844
stephglen@hotmail.co.uk

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How to find us

Pilley Hill Cottage
Pilley Hill
Pilley
Lymington
Hampshire
SO41 5QF

New Forest.
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    2m N of Lymington off A337. To avoid traffic delays in Lyndhurst leave M27 at J2 & follow Heavy Lorry Route.
Accessibility information

Some slippery slopes. Visitors with wheelchairs have managed our garden, so please phone to discuss.

More about Pilley Hill Cottage

If you have not visited Pilley Hill Cottage Garden before, we look forward to seeing you. If you are a previous visitor, thank you for your support and please come again in 2018.

Our garden surrounds a C19 Georgian house, where previous owners have gardened since 1835. We frequently dig up Victorian pottery and other little hints of past lives, including an almost intact meerschaum pipe, lots of metal bits and, of course, our share of bricks and builders' rubble! The house was built as a 2-up-2-down holiday home for a ship builder and was originally called ‘The Retreat’, as a rather faint plaque on the front wall confirms, and was later given its present name of Pilley Hill Cottage.

It's a garden of rooms – formal front garden, wild woodland garden and bog garden. A previous owner must have been very keen on apples and pears, now very old, gnarled and lichen-covered. We have developed this old orchard area into a lovely informal woodland type garden with little paths leading here and there, and much of it is left to nature. The old trees are now underplanted with hydrangeas, ferns, willow, spring bulbs and dogwoods, all of which enjoy the wet, fortunately.

Our garden is a mass of springs which run down to the bog garden. Here are two ponds, one for wildlife, one for goldfish, and wet beds with gunnera, hosta, camassia and rodgersia. A newer addition is a woven willow walk, now a willow tunnel. Sandy has also built a wonderful roundhouse with a dry work area underneath so the garden continues to develop. And we have recently placed an antique oak bridge over the boggiest walkway.

We are pleased to welcome visitors during Spring 2018, when the garden is bursting into life with a show of snowdrops and daffodills. We'll be offering cream teas served in vintage crockery (indoors on chilly days but it might be standing room only!). There are some slippery slopes so care is needed on some of the grass paths. We do hope you will come and visit us this year.

Best wishes, Steph and Sandy Glen.

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