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Dolphin House

Inspired by the gardens of Beth Chatto in Essex and Coton Manor in Northamptonshire, Christine and Christopher Bell have restored this country garden back to it former glory.


GAP Photos/Caroline Mardon/Owner: Christine and Christopher Bell

Feature No:   4702 

Qty of Images:    95 


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A major draw for Christine and Christopher Bell when they first set eyes on the Grade I listed cottage in Shackleford, was the historic garden, which had originally formed part of the Hall Place Estate. Featuring a rare serpentine wall, reputedly built by Napoleonic prisoners of war, the house was owned in the 1950s by florists who grew a bounty of blooms in the garden for their flower shop in neighbouring Godalming. However, when Christine and Christopher arrived, the plot had been neglected for many years, and despite their lack of gardening experience, the couple set to work to restore and renovate it to create an English country garden suited to its village setting.



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