Thursday 7 June 2018
Appleton Manor & Rousham Park
Our summer day visit took place on Thursday 7 June. Thanks to Lewis, our driver, we enjoyed a smooth and comfortable ride through the leafy countryside to Appleton Manor in Oxfordshire to be greeted at the gate by the owner, Alison Jeffreys, accompanied by her Head Gardener Nathan and his two assistants.
After coffee and home made cake overlooking the house, which is Norman in origin with Arts and Crafts additions, we enjoyed a tour of this stunning contemporary garden which its owner described as ‘a work in progress’.
After a relaxed stop for lunch at the nearby Greyhound pub we drove to Rousham Park to enjoy a guided tour of this extraordinary house, filled with treasures collected over the centuries by the predecessors of the resident Cottrell-Dormer family and retaining many architectural features and furniture introduced by William Kent. Before returning to Stratford we had the opportunity to enjoy the mature gardens, its cascades of scented roses and rampaging foxgloves as well as Kent’s stunning vistas punctuated with classical sculpture. This was a day of complete contrast, with both the contemporary and the historic garden offering a host of pleasurable surprises.