A Holiday, part 2

We went to Renishaw Hall, home to the Sitwells – a truly fabulous family, with names like Raresby and Sacheverell. I am quite undone by these names and now want to re-name my own boy….I mean….SACHEVERELL – what’s not to adore and astonish in equal measure…I ASK you????

Anyhow, the garden is a glorious italianate confection of yew hedgery, lawnery, statuary and agapanthusary.




Wow hedging…


…with nasturtium growing through it at every opportunity


Grand pots of agapanthus on all the terraces


Bunny rabbits adoring something up a tree…




..and very sumptuous late summer borders

We had  a picnic on the lawn…the place is chilled and happy and entirely devoid of prissiness….slightly ramshackle, which I adore. Lovely woodland walk for children too. Thumbs up.

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  1. Posted September 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Oh it’s beautiful Laetitia. And I love the idea of woodland for boys as well – every grand garden should have some. And I totally agree about the names, fabulous! I always try and imagine what it must be like to live somewhere like that, and to wake up in the morning and go for a wander. Utterly amazing I think.

  2. Posted September 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I, along with a coachload of redoubtable elderly ladies, was shown round the garden years ago by Sir Reresby himself.(NB Not Raresby,,,)

    I could not help but think of him as Sir Raspberry which made him altogether less intimidating.

  3. Posted September 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Bunny rabbits… are they real?

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