Gardens with the midas touch

Fancy a garden created by a top horticulturist? Now you can

The Chelsea Flower Show celebrated its centenary last week. The annual showcase is the go-to place for inspiration and ideas from some of country’s most talented horticulturists. But let’s face it, inspired or not, thanks to the long and bitterly cold winter, the idea of laying the groundwork in the garden of a new home in time for summer may seem a little ambitious.

Luckily, for those of you after a home with a special garden but without the hard work involved, two new properties have become available with gardens designed by two of the Chelsea Flower Show’s past gold medallists.

Roger Platts, one of the most prolific British horticulturists, created the garden in Meadow House, a family home in Somerset. He has already picked up four gold medals at the show and for this year’s event was tasked with designing the M&G show garden aimed at capturing the design trends and themes of the Chelsea Flower Show past and present.

The garden he created for Meadow House is hidden behind hard wood timber electric gates, down a tiled driveway off a village road. Panning over one-acre, Platts designed it with the need for something low maintenance in mind. The paved path to the front door is flanked by lavender and magnolia. Climbing roses, jasmine and clematis cover the front elevation, which is screened from the road by a high laurel hedge. The land is full of mixed trees and wisteria and a twin timber footbridge leads to the rear of the garden, a level area of meadow with timber fencing fronted by native trees like weeping willows, apple and pear trees and a small arboretum.

The property is located in the charming village of East Cocker, an area popular with families due to its vast open spaces, excellent choice of schools and outdoor activities like sailing, sea fishing and water sports. Mainline rail services from Yeovil Junction and Sherborne take just over two hours to London Waterloo.

Built in 1998, the house is everything you would want from a country manor. It comes with a charming thatched roof and brick chimney. Inside, the property features a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and dressing space, four further bedrooms, two family bathrooms along with a drawing room, study and grand entrance hall.

Twice gold medallist Fiona Lawrence is behind the gardens at Polshot Manor, a stunning Grade II listed hall house in Elstead, Surrey. Built in 1350, the property is steeped in history and still boasts many of its original period features despite recently being the subject of an intensive renovation. The gardens are just as charming as the manor and consist of formal and informal gardens with expanses of lawn, mature wooden areas and three natural spring-fed pools.

Inside, the property is spacious and the reception rooms are perfectly arranged for entertaining. Located on the first floor is a master bedroom with a dressing room and en-suite bathroom. On the second floor are three further bedrooms, a bathroom and access to two attic rooms, providing ample space for storage.

Meadow House is priced at £785,000 and Polshot Manor at £2.85m.

For information on Meadow House contact Knight Frank on 01935 812 236 or call 01483 565 171 for information on Polshot Manor.