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|Opening Days and Hours|
NOTE for 2013: Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
/ Coaches: Yes
Between 20 - 40 people, minimum 20.
/ Coaches need Appointment: Yes
Open for Viewing: No
Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
Spring & summer
Camellias and roses
|£4.50, No concessions.
Tours: £35 per tour. £55 per tour with owner. Because of the layout of the garden it is impossible to accommodate more than 20 people per tour, so a second tour is £25, or £35 with owner.
Disabled Access: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Light Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Special Events: No
Facilities & Comments:
Plants are available for sale by arrangement. Lunches, teas and refreshments are also only available by arrangement.
Light lunches from £20 per head
Tea & coffee with biscuits from £5 per head, or £7 to include homemade cakes.
|Garden Features & Events|
|Garden design by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, featuring a famous rill.||English Heritage Garden Grade:|
|Description of Garden||
Designer: Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe
|Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, one of our finest landscape architects, was commissioned in 1969 to create a water garden for Lady Anne and Captain Michael Tree. The result was Shute House Gardens; his favourite and, some say, finest work.
The River Nadder rises at the top of the garden and is diverted into canals, waterfalls, rills and mysterious pools through a series of atmospheric "rooms". There is a parterre of Box hedges containing six gardens, each with a different theme; a Camellia Walk with over a hundred varieties; a canal of Arum Lilies overlooked by Chinese balconies; an amphitheatre in Box behind a double bridge swathed in Wisteria and Ivy; a "beastly" garden full of menacing Arisaemae and Orthiopoga; and the world-famous Rill, tumbling musically down to the beautiful Kashmiri bubble fountains.
Shute House has been restored and developed by the present owners, John and Suzy Lewis, who commissioned Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe to complete the gardens when they arrived in 1994. The work continues to this day.
|History of Garden|
|Nearby Dorset Hotels, Facilities & Amenities|
The Grosvenor Hotel, Shaftesbury
King John, Tollard Royal
The Lamb at Hindon
Chutneys (Indian), Shaftesbury
Happy Garden (Chinese), Shaftesbury
|Inns & Pubs:
Beckford Arms, Fonthill
The King John, Tollard Royal
The Lamb, Hindon
|Villages / Towns
Shaftesbury - 5 minutes away.
Wardour Castle - 10 mins.
Stourhead - 30 mins
Hadspen - 30 mins
Cranbourne - 30 mins
0311_ShuteHouse.jpg - Shute House (Dorset)