Day 17 8 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS – The Secret Garden
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 17th December 2018
THE SECRET GARDEN
If owning your own stately home is out of reach, living in the gatehouse can offer much of the charm at a fraction of the price, as these lovely homes demonstrate.
Anyone who read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett as a child has long dreamed of finding such an idyll – and here it is:
The rose garden at Great Maytham Hall Estate inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett to write ‘The Secret Garden’
The romantic, rose-filled walled garden at Great Maytham Hall, in a setting designed by Gertrude Jekyll, is the very spot that inspired the author.
In the village of Rolvenden, near Tenterden, 1, The Clock House has three bedrooms and has been modernised, yet retains period features, including the split stable door. Laurel hedging creates its own secret garden, with a climber-clad pergola.
For sale with Jackson-Stops . This is what they say about the property:
A beautifully modernised Grade II* listed residence. A must view property to appreciate the spacious open plan living accommodation and idyllic peaceful setting.
– Wonderful views of Great Maytham Hall and surrounding gardens
– Modern, welcoming, split-level living area with high ceilings
– Three generous double bedrooms, one en-suite
– Luxuriously appointed family bathroom
– Parking for 4 cars
– Commutable to London from Headcorn, Staplehurst or Ashford
– Professional Estate Management team
– No onward chain
1 The Clock House is situated at the entrance to the Great Maytham Hall Estate. Originally the Stables, with its high ground floor ceilings and stable door, the imposing exterior gives way to a completely renovated open plan interior, designed to exploit different levels providing interest and definition.
Downstairs there are stunning views from the large, leaded rear windows, to be enjoyed everywhere. This sociable space ensures everyone, whether in the luxurious Cassis kitchen, sitting at the dining table, or relaxing in the lounge, is part of the conversation.
Off the lounge is a cosy snug area at a lower level, that provides the opportunity to escape from the outside world whether reading a book or watching television. Indeed, draw the curtains, put on the fire and the escape into a warm and welcoming idyll is complete.
To the side of the property, enclosed by laurel hedging, is an outdoor entertainment area featuring a patio and secluded garden, complete with established shrubs beds and gravelled pathways.
The formal gardens surrounding Great Maytham Hall, designed by Gertude Jekyll, remain beautifully maintained and create an idyllic setting. These include the romantic rose filled walled garden which provided the inspiration for The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
INSPIRATIONAL CHRISTMAS QUOTE FOR THE DAY
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. – Charles Dickens
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOK
- Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allan
- The Nativity Play by Mick Inkpen and Nick Butterworth
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK For 5+ READERS
The Christmas Truce – Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot) by Agatha Christie
A RADIO TIMES CHRISTMAS COVER
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Deck The Halls
HAPPINESS AT CHRISTMAS IS…
Happiness at Christmas is…sitting around the Christmas Tree with loved ones with a mince pie and brandy butter and a glass of mulled wine
IT’S GRANDAD’S CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE OF THE DAY
What’s a horse’s favourite TV show? Neighbours
AT CHRISTMAS LOVE IS…
At Christmas Love is…exactly what you want for Christmas
CHRISTMAS TRACK OF THE DAY
Blue Christmas – Shakin’ Stevens
Highest Chart Position: No.2 25th Cecember 1982
A CHRISTMAS ALBUM
JIM REEVES 12 SONGS OF CHRISTMAS
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Maple Syrup Day
Wright Bros. Day
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