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Traditional Meets Contemporary

A six-acre plot overlooking the Leicestershire countryside featuring a contemporary lower garden and a restored walled garden.


Leicestershire, UK

GAP Photos/Nicola Stocken/Owners: Joanne and Bryan Drew/Design: Rebecca Winship

Feature No:   4766 

Qty of Images:    96 


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Come midsummer, and the gardens at Westbrooke House dance with a troupe of scintillating perennials, nimbly choreographed to an otherworldly tune by the owner Joanne Drew. So, it’s no surprise that there is something dreamlike about wending through the giant-sized oak frames straddling the path in the lower garden. ‘As you approach each picture frame, it feels like a journey during which a series of views are unveiled, and your pace inevitably slows,’ says Joanne. It is almost a decade since Joanne, a dance teacher and examiner, and her husband, Bryan, drove down the avenue of spectacular limes and giant redwoods planted when Westbrooke House was built in 1887 on the outskirts of Market Harborough. The house rests within a six-acre plot overlooking Leicestershire countryside, to one side a south-facing lower garden and to the other, a walled garden, a former tennis court. ‘It is the walled garden that brought us here,’ recalls Joanne. The couple envisaged restoring the three-quarters-of-an-acre walled garden as a Victorian style cutting garden and, guided throughout by garden designer Rebecca Winship, subsequently created a contemporary lower garden inspired by a visit to the Great Broad Walk Borders at Kew Gardens.



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