Care to parterre?
This William and Mary-style house was built in 1701 by Thomas Vernon, a lawyer and MP for Worcester. The house isn’t large – it’s a hall rather than a mansion – but it has fascinating interiors including a recently restored staircase and Gothic corridor.
For me it’s the garden in the eight hectares of grounds that's the treasure. The sunken parterre is set to the side of the house enclosed by hedges so, if you look around the grounds first, it comes as a surprise. From the house you will see the garden from above which is actually the best way to view the layout, box hedges perfectly groomed by an army of volunteer gardeners. Marigolds, salvias, antirrhinums and alyssum are some of the plants used – and not a weed in sight.
See the Ice House, the Orangery and take a long walk through the parkland here if you feel in the mood. There's also a tea room.
My image published with kind permission from the National Trust.
School Rd, Droitwich Spa,
Worcestershire WR9 7EA