If you get a chance, go!
Climb down from the minibus and enter the courtyard garden – named Mary’s Garden after a former Head Gardener’s wife – and you will be seduced by its calmness. Interlocking pools, pots and olive trees are surrounded by soft, exuberant planting.
The formal gardens were created by the American landscape architect Lanning Roper in 1980s. Look out for the swimming pool with the beautiful Orangery designed by Philip Jebb and the stunning Belgian fence apple trees.
The Philip Jebb summerhouse was already in place when Isabel and Julian Bannerman were invited to transform the Long Walk. They added theatrical ruins, a yellow Chinese Bridge, a Hermit’s Hut and the magnificent Rother God. Made from stone and oyster shells brought from Whitstable.
A Glasshouse and Silk Route Gardens have been created since I was there – as if I needed a reason to return.
This is a private garden and visitors MUST pre-book either online or by ringing 0344 249 1895. There is no car park but the National Trust run a complimentary park and ride service to and from Midhurst.
It is only open a few days a week between April and September
National Trust members visit for free.