Port Lympne Mansion (Kent, England) – Country Life magazine described Port Lympne as the last great historic house to be built in the twentieth century, and this lovely Arts and Crafts mansion has gardens match. The house was built for SIR PHILIP SASSON, who also designed garden. They are set on a cliff above the English Channel, looking across Romney Marsh and out to sea ( France on a clear day), giving superb views.
Port Lympne Mansion (Kent, England)
The sloping site means that the garden was laid out as terraces linked by steps of steps. The Stairs – a great sweep of 125 stone steps – lead to a terrace in front of the house. Walk east you will find the Striped Garden, called that because of its rows of annual bedding. To the west lies the Chess Board Garden where grass and bedding plants are laid in squared. More steps lead to a vineyard on the right and a figyard on the left, again both terraced to cope with the slope. There is even a spectacular dahlia terrace where visitors will find plants that sunvive outside all year in the frost-free coastal climate alhe under a protective blanket of straw during winter. When the late animal conservationist John Aspinall bought the house in 1973, both mansion and gardens were in need of restoration. He enlisted designer Russell Page to help with the latter. You can now see a mix of historic plantings and new additions, including a collection of mock orange and penstemon. As if all this were not enough, there die 300 acres (121.5 ha) of adjoining wildlife park with elephants ambling across the Kent countryside and wolves skulking in the shrubbery.