Since the Boyles came in 1976, the garden has been developed from the outline of the Edwardian garden designed and laid out when the house was built. There are fine mature trees and a feeling of space and freedom in the open areas of lawn. There is contrasting formality in the more structured areas, which have been added to & changed considerably
The first changes to the structure of the old garden in the early 1980`s were the building of a stone terrace on the south side of the house with wide steps down to the lawn, followed by another stepped brick terrace on the other side of the house with a central iron-arched dais and seat. Also new brick walls were built to protect the garden from the north. Further borders were created between new copper beech hedges at the northwest end of the garden, and a new orchard was planted.
The next major change in 1995 was the linking of those two first terraces: an Italianate parterre designed by Simon Dorrell was built at the west end of the house, and a brick-pillared paved vine and clematis walk completed the connection. The house was then set off further by the planting in 1997 of a malus avenue framed with further beech hedges, which forms a view to the west from the house.
Since 2002 a new wave of building has taken place!
first major addition is a Golden Jubilee octagonal brick folly tower
with a fine roof and weathervane. This has extensive views
both to the hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park and also
all corners of the garden. The tower was built by James Arbuthnott,
whose garden at Stone is known as the San Gimignano of Worcestershire.
In 2008 a new brick loggia with tiled roof was constructed at the top of the canal. In 2011 a new brick folly was completed, again built by James Arbuthnott. This folly has a rare waisted silhouette, and frames the view down the canal from the loggia
This very varied and special garden has featured on TV and has been written up in the Field, Country Life, The English Garden, Saga Magazine, Country Homes, and most recently in Gardens Illustrated in June 2012. For many years from 2005 the garden was an RHS partner garden