“Rolling countryside and humble white railings at the gate lodge give no hint to the visitor of what lies down the narrow Listoke Avenue. Neatly clipped lawns appear to keep at bay borders heaving with one floral delight after another. This is truly a “gem” of a garden.”
Patricia Barrow has had a keen interest in gardening since childhood. She moved into Listoke with her husband Patrick during 1980 and started on the restoration of the walled garden. This has been a life long project for her, and although ill health now prevents her doing as much as she would like to, her love for the garden is still very evident and she gets much pleasure from showing guests around. The garden is a typical Edwardian walled garden with grass tennis court, orchard, vegetable garden and mixed herbaceous borders. Wide gravel paths intersect the garden and the whole is surrounded by mature woodlands.
The feature film “Asterix and Obelix: God save Brittania” starring Gerard Depardieu was filmed here in 2011, Listoke was the setting for the queen of England’s Garden in Roman Times.
In recent years our focus has been on creating healing spaces within the gardens and woodland that our B amd B guests, yogis and other visitors can enjoy. In the summer months, when the weather is kind, it is possible to have breakfast on the patio followed by yoga on the tennis court and Shakespeare at dusk under the walnut tree. We are also gently working towards sharing our knowledge and love for growing our own produce.