Through the keyhole of a Georgian townhouse in Bath
PUBLISHED: 11:33 11 June 2019
Town & Country Media 2015
A Georgian townhouse which is for sale in Bath boasts an outstanding garden, one which has taken its owners two decades to perfect
It was a "labour of love" over 20 years that led to the creation of the fabulous garden at Still Meadow, a Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse near Bath.
Covering half an acre, the garden wraps around the house and is made up of a series of 'rooms', with classic, contemporary and oriental themes. It also has sun terraces, ponds, a pergola and a timber-framed summer house.
The history of the house goes back much further, the original part of St George's Hill House, it was built in the 18th century, with an additional wing added in the early 19th century. This new section, now called Still Meadow, was built just after John Wombwell, a returning ex-paymaster general from Lucknow in India, sold the house in 1813.
The building has been sympathetically extended to create contemporary, independently accessed, garden-level accommodation. It blends beautifully with the classic style and more formal upper level rooms, which contain a wealth of period detail.
The house was owned by the MoD during the war and ended up falling into a bad state, needing much love and attention.
"It was practically derelict when we bought it, and the gardens were non-existent," says owner William Lawson, who reveals that the garden was a particularly special project.
"Being on a steep slope, we set to work levelling off the plot, which resulted in the creation of three main areas. The bottom of the garden is very traditional. The decked area overlooks the canal and is surrounded by delphiniums and other classic planting. To the left-hand side are the formal lawns, which are ideal for tennis and other garden games. Back towards the house you will find the Italianate section of the garden, which features lush topiary and an ornamental pond, and closest to the house is the more contemporary terrace."
He adds: "The garden has evolved over time, providing an ideal backdrop for any occasion and time of day. The middle section, for example, is the most fantastic entertaining space, comfortably seating 20 for relaxed summer garden parties. Meanwhile, the top terrace, which overlooks Solsbury Hill, is the perfect spot to catch the late afternoon sun."