Wimpole Estate (NT) 12-05-2012 by Karen Roe

A working estate still guided by the seasons, with an impressive mansion and Home Farm.

The mansion, at the heart of this estate, is evidence of Elsie Bambridge’s success in creating a home.

Intimate rooms contrast with beautiful and unexpected Georgian interiors, including Soane’s breathtaking Yellow Drawing Room and wonderful plunge bath. The fascinating basement corridor offers a glimpse into life below stairs.

Stroll around the colourful parterre garden and wander through the Pleasure Grounds to the walled garden, abundant with fruit, vegetables and herbaceous borders.

Home Farm contrasts the traditional farmyard with the noisy modern piggery and cattle sheds.

Stride out across the landscape park, among the rare-breed cattle, and imagine the previous owners planning their visions of grand avenues and spectacular vistas. Originally a small deer park surrounded by open fields, Wimpole parkland has changed many times throughout its history. Different owners employed different landscape designers and gardeners, who each left their mark on the landscape.

This 18th century walled garden was constructed by William Eames and features Sir John Soane’s glasshouse. This is where we produce our young plants for the vegetable plots. Last year we delivered in excess of 450kg of produce to our restaurant. We’re currently supplying cut flowers to the hall.

Pleasure grounds – In the 18th century these grounds were where the family took evening strolls and enjoyed picnics. They contained many rare, exotic and unusual plants sourced from all over the world. These plants were discovered by plant hunters who travelled the world. Why not wander down our new plant hunter path?
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