A larger than average garden mainly laid to lawn surrounded by herbaceous borders and interspersed with beds of different shrubs, roses and a rockery and includes a miniature railway! There is also a space for a soft fruit cage and raised vegetable beds. As with all gardens it is “work in progress”.
Since moving to Hartlip in 2012, our garden has completely changed – there was not a shrub or plant to be seen, and therefore was a blank canvas waiting to be transformed.
It was a slow process, but gradually we have made it into a comfortable space to relax in and enjoy. Although it is a relatively small lawned garden, there are mixed borders containing a selection of shrubs and plants, a summerhouse and an above ground fish pond. There are many patio containers with a variety of acers and a large collection of roses, around 30!
A warm welcome awaits!
A garden designed to appeal to the senses of touch, smell, sight and sound, with a meandering path leading around the main feature, being is a large wildlife pond with dipping platform.
The house and garden was built in 1938 by Molly Noble, whose parents owned
Dane House where all the houses of Dane Close now stand, on her marriage to
Jock. The basic structure was designed at this time, with many mature trees
(eg Marsh Redwood, Paper-bark maple and Eucalyptus)and shrubs throughout.
This has been added to and modified since 1997 when we moved in, but keeping
the same plan.
The surrounding Beech hedge provide a secluded microclimate,sheltering the garden from wind and neighbours. It is organic, using selfproduced compost, wood ash and supplementary horse and chicken manure to boost soil structure and provide nutrients. It has a cottage garden feel, with the two rectangular rose borders in front of the house mixing roses with lupins, geraniums, self seeded annuals and a variety of shrubs and perennials.
There is an eclectic mix of plants mixed together in loose colour schemes. Climbing roses and clematis weave through other shrubs and pergolas. There is year round interest, from the first aconites and snow drops, to Dahlias, asters and nerines in the late autumn, hellebores and winter flowering cherry.
New areas are continually evolving, especially near the drive/garage which was built in 2013. Low hedging and arches help to separate areas, as do shrubs and bushes creating private and secluded patches in which to relax. A pond, bog garden and small patio near a French doorway allow connection with the inside. A wall separates the working area where a large cage contains raised vegetable borders, and some fruit bushes. The above ground pool and greenhouse, with adjacent mixed border completes this part. This is a very wildlife friendly garden, with numerous native plants encouraging insects (particularly Stag beetles) and copious birdlife, and even a hibernating dormouse and hedgehog!
Hartlip House began life as Rose Cottage in the early to mid-eighteenth century. It was a modest two up, two down cottage built around the large chimney you can see from the garden. As was the custom of this time, a grander Georgian frontage was added around 1820 by the newly retired High Constable of Gillingham, William Drawbridge (who notably gave the land and built the Chapel at the other end of the village) The house was further extended over the years; upward at the end of the nineteenth century and outward in the 1940s and 1960s.
The garden has lawns on three levels and views of orchards towards Newington. There are flower beds, vegetables, a pond with a variety of wildlife and mature trees -Walnut, Indian Bean, Eucalyptus, Willow, Yew and Rowan. In the front garden there is a Tulip Tree that blossoms every few years. Herbs grow in a small sunny courtyard.
Small cottage garden with two ponds. One pond is ornamental and the second is part of the butterfly/bee/bird bed and is visited in the summer by many different species. There is also a vegetable garden and the garden is well-stocked with plants and shrubs.