West Littleton Open Gardens

My boss kindly made me aware of an open gardens weekend this weekend at West Littleton, a tiny village near Marshfield…now the place we will be buying our next house, when we win the lottery.

A number of houses in the village open their gardens to raise money for the village church and it is a very pretty walk from the car park (field) to the first house.

We were really impressed with the first house (Cadwell Hill Barn) – lovely design; one of those gardens where you wander from ‘room’ to ‘room’.

Then on to the more open, but equally lovely gardens of Cadwell House.

..and then I lost my heart to The Croft…sigh…I would live in their shed if they would let me! First the formal garden…

Then the herbaceous border and the wild garden, alive with the sound of bees…

On through the village…could anywhere be more English?

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Through the pretty gate to West Farm…complete with lambs! (the pen looks terribly small, but they won’t be there for long). We could see ourselves living here – a walled garden is such a lovely thing and would be great for the cats. The trouble with all these lovely houses and gardens is that, even if we could afford them, their owners would never want to leave!

Then on to Home Farm, where we were greeted loudly and affectionately by a very beautiful three-legged cat.

Onwards through the village…

…to the Old Manor House (there will be music and teas there tomorrow).

On to Woodbine Cottage and the Old School House and along the road to Church Cottage, where the lovely owner talked about her garden…and the small cottage for sale next door…very tempting!!

Lastly we went back up in to the village to St James’s Grange – only here when we had almost finished walking around this last garden did the Heavens open. I think it was fate thinking of my waistline, as this was where the tea and cake was for sale, but no space left under cover.

These gardens are open again tomorrow – Sunday 12th June – from 2pm to 5pm, £5 for adults with concessions for seniors and children.


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