Whatley Manor

 

Gardens

The Whatley Manor gardens have been developed to create a pleasurable environment with a sense of fun, adventure and understated theatre.

The gardens combine classic style with more contemporary touches, recreating an English Country house garden, complete with rose and herbaceous gardens and beautifully manicured lawns. The gardens are divided into 26 distinct ‘rooms’. Natural elements of the garden itself and its surroundings, such as wonderful vistas, the river and woodland, have been sensitively incorporated into the more formal elements of the gardens for maximum effect.

Guests arriving at Whatley Manor are greeted by a driveway lined with lime trees, lit at night with immaculately mown grass verges and a dry stone wall echoing the architecture of the manor on either side. The walls took two local Cotswold craftsmen one year to build by hand, using traditional methods.

A private entrance leads residents to the hotel through a grand oak doorway. The courtyard beyond the entrance has been designed in keeping with the traditional style of the Manor, with a 200 year old olive tree as the focal point.

The Kitchen Garden Terrace is surrounded by borders filled with fragrant herbs and vegetables that are used in the kitchens at Whatley Manor to give finishing touches to freshly prepared dishes. This is the perfect setting for alfresco summer dining.

The Stable courtyard is located near to Le Mazot brasserie and bar and separates the boardroom facilities from the Spa. It has a neatly mown lawn, proudly displaying three bronze donkey sculptures by renowned European sculptor Edouard-Marcel Sandoz – Christian Landolt’s (the owner) Great-Grandfather. The Spa itself looks out over an informally planted garden leading onto a wooded area that has been planted with five thousand bluebells and foxgloves and other spring flowering bulbs.

The Sherston Avon, a subsidiary of the river Avon runs along the boundary of the grounds and is home to swans, kingfishers and other wildlife.

The Herbaceous Garden with manicured lawns flanked by stone paved pathways, draws guests past a fountain and pool to a Cotswold stone gazebo.

The Rose Garden is enclosed within stone walls with an elegant central fountain providing movement and two corner arbours provide an ideal hideaway for a quiet moment during a warm spring or summers day.

Formal clipped terraces lead to The Loggia Garden. Simon Allison, a sculptor and pool designer, was commissioned to create a contemporary sculpture for the centre of the pond and this makes the ideal spot to take in the stunning vistas of the surrounding Wiltshire countryside. The Loggia garden is also licensed for weddings.

Finally, the North Garden, tucked away behind clipped yew hedges is planted with white flowering shrubs and light foliage trees and provides privacy for guests staying in the ground floor suites.

Take a walk and enjoy our gardens, to make the arrangements simply speak to Reservations when you make your booking for either lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or an overnight stay. Call Reservations on 01666 822 888 or email reservations@whatleymanor.com.