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.

In the Spring and Summer months the gardens display their full beauty with colour and blooms in abundance. In Autumn the gardens smoulder with burnished leaves and red and orange colours and throughout the winter months the russet stems of dogwood and gleam of flowering heathers give colour, all the seasons contributing to the beauty of our outdoor wedding venue.

The gardens are approached through French windows from the Hall and Drawing Room and are the perfect romantic setting for an outdoor garden wedding ceremony, drinks reception and romantic wedding celebration. The highlight is the pretty Summerhouse, a charming oak framed building hovering above the lily pond, licenced for garden ceremonies, and facing the congregation on the opposite bank.

The Terrace links the Summer Garden to the Old Dairy and onwards to the Tudor Barn, with a garden door to the Bridal Suite. At its far end is a classic working herb garden and the potager supplying the kitchen with freshly harvested produce for use in carefully crafted wedding breakfasts.

Beyond the Herb Garden are acres of productive smallholding, growing an extraordinary range of unusual and traditional vegetables, salads, fruit and herbs.  We’re confident that there are few other outdoor wedding venues with such charming characteristics paired 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.

Thank you to our Garden Designer Stuart Bennett Garden Design