Farringford, on the Isle of Wight was home to Tennyson, the famous poet from the Victorian era. Tennyson and his family lived here from 1893 until 1892, when Tennyson died. It stayed in the family until 1945 when it became a hotel, until 2010. It has since been bought again, but this time, has been restored to how it would have been in Tennyson’s day. The gardens have also been part of this restoration and are worth a visit if you are passing by, as I was. Visits to the house should be booked in advance.
The main attraction of the grounds is the walled garden which Tennyson described as, “Careless ordered garden.” The family were keen gardeners and the walled garden has been planted as close to how it was in their day. It is a stunning place to be.
The perfect greenhouse
The greenhouse at Farringford was just perfection. I loved the stacked terracotta pots and fig tree growing against the wall. If I were to take any inspiration from this garden, it would be this picture perfect greenhouse!
The sundial and plants
Farringford house and gardens are definately worth a visit. I spent just an hour there in my way back to the ferry! The price to see the gardens is only £2.50 which I thought was well worth it! I didn’t book to see the house and so couldn’t go in which was a shame so my advice would be to book in advance.
A blog about my life in The Old House, a mum to teenagers, a primary school teacher and my passion for gardening.