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‘A Garden…is the Purest of Human Pleasure. It is the Greatest Refreshment to the Spirits of Man’
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Sometimes I visit a garden and am bowled over by the spirit of the place – it’s as if I have been there before. It happened at Stonor Park in Oxfordshire.
The garden is not big – it’s a Walled Garden at the back of the house – but enjoy the herbaceous border, fruit trees, topiary and ponds and be seduced by its simplicity and charm. Afterwards head up the hill and look back over the house and garden.
The Stonor family have lived here since the twelfth century with the earliest parts of the current house dating back to the fourteenth century with later additions c1600. The house was part Gothicised by John Aitken in the eighteenth century.
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