Situated in 200 acres of glorious countryside with unobstructed views over the rolling Sussex Weald sits Borde House and gardens, our destination of the day.The Elizabethan Tudor mansion built in 1598 is home to the Clarke family who have been in residence for over four generations.
Upon gazing out of their dining room window they could quite easily see me, fuelled on sandwiches and fizzy pop, cartwheeling across their lawns, running through the bluebell woods, watching Treecreepers ascend majestic trees, looking for tadpoles in the beautiful Italian garden pool, following bumble bees around the Azalea ring and generally noseying around.
The primary objective of our well timed visit was to see the extensive and diverse collections of rhododenron and magnolia which hail from as far afield as the Himalayas, China and the Andes and are currently at the peak of Technicolor perfection.
Several hours later, with energy levels subsiding, Hercules scooped me up into the rear seat of the car while I dozed all the way home, dreaming of returning to Borde Hill in the summer to see the infamous Rose garden designed by Robin Williams in all it's glory.
Borde Hill Garden
Bordehill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP
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