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Brief description of site

The house is approached from the south-east by a drive, which is screened from the landscape park by a belt of trees. To the north of the house the walled garden (of around half a hectare) has been divided into a series of 'rooms', each with a different type of planting. It is generally in cottage garden or informal style. Other features include a lake, lawn, swimming pool and the riverbank of the Avon. The parkland has some fine old trees, especially cedars, and much 20th-century planting. There are occasional open days under the National Gardens Scheme.

Brief history of site

The re-modelling of the manor house took place around 1720-40. This was accompanied by the laying out of a formal vista, flanked by rectangular pools, across to the far bank of the Avon. Later, there was an informal landscape and a lake. Since 1966, the Countess of Chichester has developed the walled garden area.

Location information:

Address: Little Durnford, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6AH

Locality: Salisbury

Local Authorities:

Wiltshire; Durnford

Historical County: Wiltshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 184 Grid Ref: SU125343
Latitude: 51.1079 Longitude: -1.82283

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: manor house

Site Style : cottage garden

Site first created: 1720 to 1740

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 10

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