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The Gardens & Farm

THE GARDENS

Six-time Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist Bunny Guinness helped Caryn Hibbert to create a series of classic country house gardens that frame the barns, houses & cottages, each with a unique personality. There are delightful arbours and seats in quieter places in which to relax and linger, but also working gardens and orchards that supply flowers for the houses, food for the kitchen, & herbs for the spa.

THE FARM

The farm stretches across 150-acres, and here, wild spaces and a productive kitchen garden flourish.

The River Leach winds through the lower-eastern side of the farm, and the water meadows and river banks are carefully managed as wild spaces to encourage native flora and fauna. They support a diverse ecosystem of wildflowers, otters, kingfishers, egrets & water voles. We welcome visitors to look around the farm by prior arrangement with one of our gardeners.

Situated on the edge of the water meadows, Thyme’s carefully managed kitchen gardens ensure abundance from the land while protecting and maintaining the fertile alluvial soil. The garden is productive all year round and features a newly planted herb garden, cutting gardens - and poly-tunnels to extend the seasons. We grow a large variety of flavoursome and unusual varieties to supply the restaurants, cookery school and spa. Hotel guests are welcome to visit our kitchen gardens from the end of April through to late October. However, Thyme is a working farm and it is essential to follow the map provided by the reception team. The presence of livestock means that all dogs must be on leads.

EARLY BIRD WALKS &  KITCHEN GARDEN TOURS

 

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For further information, contact us by email, by calling 01367 850174 or speak to reception during your stay.