Friday, 9 July 2010

The Stone House

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting a rather delightful Cotswold garden with The Galloping Gardener. The Stone House is a 2 1/2 acre privately owned garden on heavy acid clay. It is located in the small and very picturesque village of Wyck Rissington, Nr. Bourton on the Water, Cheltenham.

 View of main lawn with herbaceous borders.

The garden is open all year round by appointment. It was a real treat to have the garden to ourselves when we visited. We were able to explore at leisure without being disturbed by other visitors which made for an incredibly peaceful rather indulgent afternoon.


The lawn area was surrounded by several herbaceous borders packed with an array of interesting plants and shrubs. It soon became clear as I began to explore the garden that a great deal of care had gone into not only the design and care of the garden but also in the choice of plants. This was the garden of an enthusiastic plantsperson.

 View of main lawn with herbaceous borders.

 Rudbekia occidentalis "Green Wizard"

Stone arch leading to the pool area.


The garden was made up of a number of rooms, each with delightful details of stonework, paths, sculptures and urns. Alchemilla mollis frothed out all over the garden spilling from borders and stonework steps. Beautiful shrubs such as buddleja alternifolia kept the bees and butterflies busy and recognising all the delicious perennials such as Silene fimbriata kept me occupied.

Dog sculpture


Swimming pool

The pool was immensely appealing, carefully concealed behind walls and trellis work covered in roses and clematis. On that hot afternoon the cool blue waters seemed to be calling to me. What a wonderful spot to relax in!

Cobbled path leading to paddocks.

I adored this pathway leading to a gate to the paddocks. It had beautiful decorative cobblestones with detail of rabbits hopping along the path. On either side of the path box cubes provided an interesting focal point with roses, hostas and alliums planted in between them. 

Detail of a rabbit from the cobbled path.

 Blue and white campanulas.

Summer house.

Chickens in the paddock.

Meadow walk.

Every which way you turn in this garden there are little details and features that catch your eye. The garden was alive with wildlife too. Birds bashing snails against the stonework, dragonflies darting about, and baby frogs lounging in the sun around the pond side all made me smile when I spotted them.

 Seat near paddock.

Peony with Alchemilla mollis.


Gillenia trifoliata


Urn with bergenia.


Shade garden next to stream.

At the back of the house was a small stream and shady gravelled walk. A sculpture of Medusa spouts water into a small pool and array of architectural plants create a very calm, shady retreat from the hot afternoons sun.

Lonicera brownii "Dropmore Scarlet".

Path leading to house with box pyramids.

 Pink wisteria.

The Stone House is an exceptionally pretty garden crammed full of unusual plants and detailed features. It is without doubt worth a visit if you enjoy plants and country gardens. It is a garden that is much loved which really comes across as you make your journey around it. I for one am very pleased to have found it. It made for a very enjoyable afternoon in contrast to some of the larger very busy tourist packed Cotswold gardens.

 Cytisus battandieri