Titsey Place; a glorious Victorian garden

One of the largest surviving historic estates in Surrey and the ancestral home and gardens of the Gresham family since 1534 Titsey Place is just waiting to be discovered. The walled kitchen garden restored early in the 1990s is one of the stunning features of this garden and here, head gardener Rhod Jones, takes us behind the scenes:

A closer look

 

The garden stretches away from the house in a gentle drop down to picturesque lakes and fountains and an Etruscan summer house. There are 15 acres of formal and informal gardens in this idyllic country setting of rolling parkland beneath the picturesque wooded slopes of the North Downs.

 

Although closed at present, Titsey is noted for its collection of family portraits and marvellous set of four Canaletto pictures. The extensive gardens provide an idyllic setting, in particular following extensive renovation during the 1990s. The distinguished garden designer, Elizabeth Banks, was consulted on the restoration of the extensive walled garden and its reinstatement a working kitchen garden modelled on the Victorian original. Now there is an immaculate pattern of beds divided by paths and flower borders and filled with a mixture of fruit, vegetables and flowers for cutting.

Closer to the house, the terraces provide spectacular views over the Golden Jubilee rose garden and lakes, stretching to the park and  woodland beyond where paths lead visitors to tranquil woodland walks.

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