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Whitcombe Road, Beaminster,
Dorset, DT8 3NB



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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open: http://www.johnmakepeacefurnit...

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Group Visits (for 20 or more) by pre-arrangement.

Group Appointment: Yes

Please contact

House Open for Viewing: Yes

for Groups by appointment

National Garden Scheme days: Yes

June 19th, July 17th, August 14th, September 18th, 2pm - 5pm

Best Times of Year to Visit:

July to September

To see:
Admission Prices

Adults £5.00 90{78c5981cc65ef312afd2a01238b92ad49ab85a4991a386013c7fa8e22d3121d9} will go to NGS Gardens Open for Charity and 10{78c5981cc65ef312afd2a01238b92ad49ab85a4991a386013c7fa8e22d3121d9} to The Brooke, the charity which aids working animals and their owners across the Middle East - from India to the Sudan - providing free veterinary care, education and mobile clinics. See www.thebrooke.org

Onsite Facilities
Parking: No
Shop: No
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: No
Picnics: No
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Parking nearby. Afternoon talks will be at 2.30. Coffee and Teas also on NGS days, and for group visits Plants for Sale on NGS days. Some small items in wood in Shop

Garden Features & Events

Special features of the gardens include rolling lawns and topiary around the house, the new grass garden with its pool, bridge and circular stone pavilion designed by John Makepeace, and Jennie Makepeace's intensely planted potager, a riot of colour throughout the summer, all adjacent to the orchard of fruit and architectural trees where the geese rule.

Neil Lucas, of Knoll Gardens fame, will be present with a display of grasses for sale; teas will be served on the lawn.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Bridge House Hotel, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3AY


Half Moon Pub, Melplash (1 mile), Summer Lodge Relais Chateaux (8 miles).

Inns & Pubs:

The 3 Horseshoes, Powerstock Beach and Barnicott, Bridport

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Within 5 miles of the World heritage Jurassic Coast including historic Lyme Regis, Bridport, 5 miles, Wed and Sat markets, Several Iron Age Hill Forts nearby.

Description of Garden

The garden is comprised of a series of discrete, contrasting areas developed over recent years. The house is surrounded by lawns, sculptures and huge topiary through which there is an archway to John's 'Grass' garden, all chosen for their distinctive architectural forms, and providing a natural promenade leading over the bridge to the pavilion. Beyond is Jennie's potager with raised beds of fruit flowers and vegetables, a large riven oak fruit cage, greenhouse and straw-bale retreat all adjacent to the river.

The historic house is also open, and the public rooms have a collection of modern paintings, sculpture and ceramics alongside a collection of furniture by John Makepeace.

History Of Garden

The main front of the house was built in 1730 onto an older building. At the time of some major alterations in 1830, the yew topiary was planted. At that time the house sat among extensive orchards. It had not been sold for 250 years when the Makepeaces bought Farrs in 2001.

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