Of all the gardens, the Walled Garden is the oldest dating back to the 1830’s. Within its walls lie a very traditional English garden with tall, sculpted Yew hedges and low box hedging framing the herbaceous borders. Dominating the garden is the Dovecote, a listed building dating from the late 18th century.
The Rose Garden was planted in spring 1996. The symmetrical design is based around that of a French courtyard with espalier fruit trees laddering the old converted stable building walls and a small formal pool in its centre.
The herb garden is influenced in design by the Victorian kitchen garden with Yew and Box hedging and planted with a variety of culinary herbs. Lavender is very evident throughout the garden schemes and there is an old, formal circular Lavender garden on the west lawn.
The Arboretum covers a 1.5 acre site within the estate’s 500 acres of parkland and has been designed for all seasons. It was started in 1998 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the hotel and has been filled with some 600 trees, many of them rare and unusual.
Lucknam renovated the old Vinery in 2012, a historic greenhouse, where we have grown an eclectic range of micro salads and herbs. The newly built 8 large raised beds, filled with over 120 tons of top soil, now has over 30 varieties of produce, ranging from alpine strawberries, rhubarb through to runner and broad beans; from edible flowers to root and brassica crops.