The Old Vicarage Gardens & Grounds
The Old Vicarage sits in almost two acres of gardens with a wealth of mature plants throughout its dense borders and beds. The enclosed courtyards feature ancient olive trees and fig trees.
The house is approached over a long, tree lined drive with tree ferns, hydrangeas and rhododendrons. This opens on to an avenue of large palms, alongside the parkland style arboretum featuring a number of maturing specimen trees including monkey puzzles, eucalyptus, azaleas, camelias, magnolias and acers. The rougher meadow area to the south is carpeted with bluebells in spring.
The pool terrace is surrounded by luxuriant foliage including palms, cordylines, box topiary and neatly clipped yew hedges. Interesting specimens include a cork oak tree, banana palms and a Japanese cloud tree.
To the north of the house is a more formal lawn with majestic mature trees, mulberry, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, palms, cordylines and impressively large tree ferns, with views over the adjacent church (with its' unusual detached bell tower), the neighbouring estate and distant countryside.
A hidden footpath leads from a gate at the lower edge of the garden to the church – used of old by a long succession of vicars to gain speedy access to and from work!