Wednesday, 13 February 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A visit to the gardens of Ston Easton Park to explore the Repton landscape and spring flowers in the Mendip Hills, led by the head gardener Dale Toten.
Now a luxury hotel, Ston Easton house and grounds have a fascinating history. The parkland was designed by Humphry Repton and a facsimile of his Red Book (1793) documenting his ‘before’ and ‘after’ plans, illustrated in wonderful watercolours, will be available for us to look at.
Repton’s plans appear to have been implemented including the drainage of an extensive ‘stagnant pool’, the removal of a dam and the planting of clumps of trees on the slopes to break the open prospect of the park. His ideas form the basis of the pleasure grounds as they survive today. Also in the grounds are an ice house, a ruined grotto fountain, a sham castle, Palladian bridges that span the river and the rare 18th Century plunge pool, the discovery of which, in the 1950s, helped to save Ston Easton Park from demolition.
As well as enjoying the snowdrops, there will be a visit to the Victorian Kitchen Garden which supplies the hotel’s kitchen with almost 60% of their fresh produce.
Accessibility Information:- deep gravel paths, steep slopes and shallow steps.
Members £15 Guests £17 to include refreshments and guided tour.
use our booking Avon Gardens Trust Booking Form (pdf)
Directions: Ston Easton Park is located on the A37, 11 miles south of Bristol and Bath.
Ston Easton Park, Nr. Bath, Somerset, BA3 4DF