Lodge is one of those gardens that wins an “oh!” of pleasure
when they first burst into the field of vision. Like sex appeal
it’s a quality that is hard to pin down, but whatever it is
Corinne and Richard Hewat’s creation has it in spades.
The garden is at its peak in June; Corrine loves roses and the
garden is full of old fashioned ladies like ‘Adelaide’ ,
‘Margaret Merrill’ and ‘Mme Isaac Pereire’ . Cottagey plants,
like foxglove and alchemilla mollis seed happily in corners and
covetable varieties - violas, delphiniums, oriental poppies,
thalictrum, hemerocallis - await admiration in the borders.
Festooned in wisteria and particularly exuberant climbing roses,
the house forms a backdrop to this informal cottage style
garden, and a terrace provides shelter for tender treasures in
troughs and pots. Surprises waiting to be discovered include a
Millennium Walk leading to a gazebo, a perfectly manicured
tennis court and a pair of stone dogs wearing ivy collars.