The third and final garden I visited during my day trip of Monmouthshire was Wyndcliffe Court, just five minutes away from Veddw House Garden. Situated along the Wye Valley between Chepstow and Tintern the views of the Severn estuary in the distance were breath-taking.
View of the Severn estuary
View of the House from the Summerhouse
View of the House from the Walled Kitchen Garden
The gardens are Grade II listed and designed in the Arts and Crafts style by Henry Avray Tipping, friend of Gertrude Jekyll and editor of Country Life magazine. Completed in 1922, they are probably the best example of their type in Wales. The gardens are laid out in a series of “rooms” (a design I love!) featuring sculpted topiary, a sunken garden, a summerhouse, walled gardens, fountains, lily ponds and a bowling lawn leading on to wooded walks.
View of the Summerhouse
Wyndcliffe Court also showcases contemporary sculptures by local and well-known British artists from April to September every year. Each collection features hundreds of sculptures in a wide variety of mediums, sizes and styles situated throughout the garden. My favourites were a robin perched on top of a garden fork and pieces of wood with stained glass windows. When the sunshine sparkled on them the effect was magical.
My favourite sculptures
Since 2013 the gardens have undergone extensive and continued restoration. One of the main features is the original walled kitchen garden, with stone walls and ornate iron gates. It is home to a variety of traditional fruit trees such as apples, plums and pears.
It also has an area designated for cut flowers, the display was bright and beautiful. I couldn’t get over the planting combination of the fiery orange Crocosmia with the crisp blue Agapanthus. It was made even more dramatic with the brilliant blue sky as a backdrop, you can tell how much I loved it by the amount of photos I took!
Love this winning combination
An impressive 1920s glasshouse was against one of the walls, unfortunately in a state of disrepair. It is the next large restoration project which is on the cards at Wyndcliffe, a mammoth task and one I look forward to seeing the progress of when I return.
The shaded woodland area was a pleasing contrast to the sun-trap which was the sunken garden, the lily pond in its centre was a striking focal point. A summerhouse nestled in the corner was a peaceful place, again offering superb views of the valley over yonder.