The Grounds

‘There is much to explore outside at Farringford beyond the walled garden. The half mile circular walk around the park has lovely views of both the house and of High Down. A gentle stroll through the enchanting copse, planted with woodland bulbs, leads to Tennyson’s bridge. Several plant species continue to thrive since Tennyson’s day, of which the mighty cedar is but one example.’

Admission to the Gardens & Estate

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Farringford house 2018

“Went to our withey bed, such beautiful blue hyacinths, orchises, marsh marigolds and cowslips. Wild cherry trees too with single white blossom."

view of afton down

"The park has for many days been rich with cowslips and furze in flower."

primrose path

"The elms are a golden wreath at the foot of the down, we admired the mespilus in flower and the apple trees with their rosy buds."

parkland trees

"At sunset the burning splendour of Blackgang Chine, and St Catherine’s, and the red bank of the primeval river contrasted with the turkis-blue of the sea (that is our view from the drawing-room) make altogether, a miracle of beauty. We are glad that Farringford is ours.”

blue sky over farringford

"[Alfred] dug the bed ready for the rhodedendrons."

garibaldi tree planted

"A thrush was singing among the other birds, as he said ‘mad with joy’."
The Farringford Journal of Emily Tennyson, 1853 – 1864.

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