The Gardens

South Farm’s enchanting gardens encircle and complement our fine old buildings. It’s a transformation from 1974. Only two trees stood here then, forlorn against a desolate hinterland. Over 700 hardwood trees and more than a mile of hedges have been planted, creating the oasis which now protects the inner gardens of our outdoor wedding venues.

Even on the most desolate winter day the burning stems of dogwood and the gleam of flowering heathers, the earliest spring bulbs and the glistening white bark of Betula Jackmontii greet the visitors warmly when they drive down the avenue of Cherry Trees. These faithful servants burst in to spring blossom, provide a bountiful summer harvest and burnished autumn leaves that contribute to the quaint beauty of our outdoor wedding venues.

Approached through French windows from the Hall and Drawing Room, the Summer Garden, ablaze with flowers at every season, is the focal point for any outdoor garden wedding, drinks receptions and romantic evenings. The highlight is the exquisite Summerhouse, one of our extremely popular wedding venues in Cambridgeshire. It is a seven sided oak framed building hovering above the lily pond, facing the congregation on the opposite bank.

The Terrace links the Summer Garden to the Old Dairy and thence to the Tudor Barn, with a garden door to the Bridal Suite. At its far end a classic working herb garden and the potager.

Beyond spreads our very productive smallholding, growing an extraordinary range of unusual and traditional vegetables, fruit and herbs as well as free range eggs and pork. We’re confident that you will not be able to think of other outdoor wedding venues with such quaint characteristics coupled with self-sustaining productivity. The smallholding supplies a remarkable 70-80% of our fruit and vegetables, all of our eggs and most of our pork.