The wonderful thing about a National Trust Card is that you can pop to any property, event or garden whenever you have a moment and that’s exactly what we did to visit Great Chalfield Manor. It was a blistering hot day in June and we had a spare few hours so decided to head over to Great Chalfield near Melksham, to see the gardens.
Great Chalfield Manor
The Manor is a text book Medieval Manor in rolling English countryside with a pond and rose gardens. You approach via an old country lane where you have to avoid the tractors! Parking outside, you see a moated house built in the late 15th Century defended by a Gatehouse and wall. The Manor was given to the National Trust in the 1940’s but the descendants of the owners still live there and open the Manor for tours on certain days. No photographs are allowed inside but it is well worth a look. You may know this property as it’s been used as a set location in Wolf Hall and The other Boleyn girl.
The Arts and Crafts garden.
Once almost derelict, the Manor was bought by Robert Fuller in 1878 and was restored. He worked tirelessly to make the house as close to the original as possible.
During this time, the gardens were designed and created by the artist and gardener, Alfred Parsons. He created paved walkways, dry stone walls and planted pairs of Yew trees which have now grown to create rooms. The planting we see today is very much kept to the schemes of his design. This beautiful garden is tended by the owners and their volunteers and it was a lovely place to spend a few hours. There is a cute little tea room for refreshments.
Great Chalfield manor gardens; a lovely place for a wander.
Great Chalfield Manor gardens are a lovely place to spend time. There are Rose arches, large herbaceous borders and a very large, spring fed pond with waterfall. We spent an hour here whilst also visiting the tiny church next to the Manor. It was a thoroughly delightful afternoon. Perhaps combine this visit with Corsham Court or nearby Lacock. I’ll leave you with some more photographs.