Tuesday, 30 August 2016

A high old time in Highgrove

Highgrove's front door

Lovely gates reclaimed from an London yard

View towards the house
Highgrove House is the family home of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, just down the road from Tetbury in Gloucestershire. 

England. Built in the late 18th-century, Highgrove and its estate was owned by various families until it was purchased in 1980 by the Duchy of Cornwall from Maurice Macmillan (Harold’s son).

HRH and a gaggle of well-known designers and a battalion of gardens have created an enchanting place to visit. The place is full of recycled bits and pieces, including hand-me-downs from Hereford Cathedral, stonework, figures, carvings all peer at you from out of the shrubberies!  HRH is chair of Hereford’s trustees so presumably gets first dibs. 


Each year 30,000 take the two-hour tour and afterwards tea and cake of course.

There is much to inspire and incorporate in one’s own perhaps less grand plot; a wild garden, a formal garden, a Sundial Garden, and a woodland garden featuring two classical temples made from green oak and a stumpery.  We would only have room for one temple.