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Dripwell House

Guilsborough

Magical mix of wild and semiformal garden. A path takes you down 3 acres of steep terraced slopes, through secret and unexpected places to a woodland carpeted with bulbs and wild flowers. Many rare and unusual shrubs and trees, able to thrive because of the microclimate.
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    The garden was designed and built in the 1930s, with terraces carved out of a steep hillside. Betty MacIlwain who designed, owned and lived in the house and garden was a follower of Vita Sackville-West, so the garden has rooms with differing character. Woodland surrounds and shelters the main garden creating a microclimate. Where the terraces cut into the slope there are natural boggy areas. Since the 1980s when the present owners took it on, the established shrubs and trees have been added to, with large numbers of magnolia, azaleas, and unusual shrubs. The woodlands at the bottom of the hill are semi wild, a riot of bluebells and rhododendrons.

Dripwell House- Canceled

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Owner Information

Mr J W Langfield & Dr C Moss
01604 740140
cattimoss@aol.com

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Dripwell House
Guilsborough
Northamptonshire
NN6 8PY

Accessibility information

Very steep site, sadly unsuitable for those with mobility difficulties.

More about Dripwell House

The garden was designed and built in the 1930s, with terraces carved out of a steep hillside. Betty MacIlwain who designed, owned and lived in the house and garden was a follower of Vita Sackville-West, so the garden has rooms with differing character. Woodland surrounds and shelters the main garden creating a microclimate. Where the terraces cut into the slope there are natural boggy areas. Since the 1980s when the present owners took it on, the established shrubs and trees have been added to, with large numbers of magnolia, azaleas, and unusual shrubs. The woodlands at the bottom of the hill are semi wild, a riot of bluebells and rhododendrons.

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