|Pashley Manor Gardens|
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The estate can be traced back to 1262, when the de Passele family built a moated Manor and held the estate until 1453, when it was sold to the forebears of Anne Boleyn. The present owners Mr and Mrs James Sellick opened the gardens to the public in 1992 and have brought them to their present splendor with the assistance of friend and eminent landscape architect Anthony du Gard Pasley.
The 11 acres of Gardens offer a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds. This is an English Garden of a very individual character, with exceptional views to the surrounding valleyed fields. Many eras of English History are reflected here, encapsulating the tradition of the English Country House and its Garden.
I personally found the Gardens very charming and uplifting, retaining the privacy of a grand country house, without the tendency to overwhelm that can be inherent in larger landscapes. The house remains a family home and unfortuately is not open to the public.
Pashley Manor is located in East Sussex on the B2099 between the A21 and Ticehurst Village.
Pashley Manor in summer 2009