Eastleach House

Eastleach Martin

Cirencester

Gloucestershire

GL7 3NW

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The Park

 

The Park, which lies due south of the house, covers about 10 acres and it was this long vista which inspired David Richards to design an avenue of Tilia platyphyllos rubra leading towards the distant view of the Marlborough Downs and the Liddington Clump on the skyline.

The avenue has now matured and is under planted with the yellow daffodil, Carlton, followed by creamy Mount Hood in late March into April.

The original six park-size chestnuts and maples did not survive the gales of recent years, but since 1982 more than five hundred trees have been planted creating a traditional park of oak, beech, maple, cedar and, nearer the house, a small arboretum of choice and unusual trees has become well established.

Cowslips flourish in April and are followed by annual cornfield wild flowers, which edge some of the many meandering grass paths across the slopes. Perennial wild flowers and butterflies abound in good weather.

At the centre of the avenue, where a cross avenue of beech meets the lime avenue, an oval is proscribed by pleached limes in the centre of which is a roundel of yew arches (know as "hedge-henge") with a bronze stag mounted on rocks at its centre.

The first view visitors get from the house is of the stag silhouetted against the distant sky and this sets the tone for further surprises in a garden of great variety and contrast.