Gardens and Lower Slaughter Village
We love how Lords of the Manor’s 8 acres subtly blend into the beautiful surrounding ‘wolds’ (hills).
We’re proud of our gardens too. Design is under the guidance of Julie Toll: seven times Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner. At Lords, she is supported in the maintenance of our 8 acres by Head Gardener Sarah and James, a hardworking team sometimes hindered by Stig, the Head Gardener’s dog.
Upon arrival, first impressions are often of the splendid lawn at the front. As our illustration shows, Lords’ garden repays exploration with features such as a beautifully weathered walled garden with original box hedge borders, perennial planting and fruit trees, a bog garden and meadow. Beyond, there is a lake and beautiful views back to the hotel.
According to the season look out for Narcissus pseudonarcissus lobularis (these were Britain’s original daffodils as viewed by Wordsworth); the large, sculptural leaves of South American giant rhubarb gunnera manicata, rheum palmatum and white, flame-shaped lysichiton, sometimes called ‘swamp lanterns’. You will also see the old ice house (probably 19th century) at the source of the stream, near the tall, white flowered persicaria polymorphs (fleeceflower).
Look out for Spring flowers including rysiume ‘Constant Cheer’ and libertia grandiflora. Late summer displays of verbena bonariensis, sedum telephium ‘Karfunkelstein’ and Echinacea purpurea ‘Fatal Attraction’ all buzz with insect life.
Our gardeners are always happy to answer questions about progress in the garden, as they work to renovate walled borders, plant a collection of climbing roses and re-organise existing and new herbaceous perennial plants.
Chairs and benches are dotted around. Please enjoy, take tea, relax and recharge. You’re welcome.
Step outside the gate and you are in the village square of Upper Slaughter. There’s a lovely 20 minute circular walk past the church of St Peter, down to a ford and (bearing right) back round to the hotel. The houses that you see are 16th and 17th century and the village’s peaceful air is enhanced by its status as a very rare ‘doubly thankful village’ . This refers to the fact that it is one of only a handful of villages in Britain that lost no men in either WW1 or WW2. Research suggests that only 14 villages have this distinction.