Quintessentially English Cottage Garden!

We have tried to emulate Gertrude Jekyll (Edwardian plants-woman and garden designer) and her style of cottage garden here at our holiday cottage, The Barn in Hampshire, with some success we like to think! Here are just a few of our favourite summer flowers and views. www.barfordfarmhouse.com

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Glorious Summer Gardens!

Our colourful and scented gardens, which surround our self-catering holiday cottage in Medstead, Hampshire, England, are simply full of butterflies and bees; flitting from one nectar bar to another, lavenders being a particular favourite, they are a delight to watch. Sit on the terrace alongside the Garden Room, with a glass of locally produced Hattingley Valley fizz, or an equally quaffable plonk, and enjoy a quintessentially English summer garden in July. Fabulous! www.barfordfarmhouse.com

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Tortoiseshell butterfly at holiday rental in Hampshire UK

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Marbled White butterfly at holiday cottage in Alton Hampshire UK

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Self-catering holiday accommodation Hampshire’s South Downs England

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Azaleas and Rhododendrons!

Being on the northern edge of Hampshire’s South Downs National Park, and mostly on chalk soils, one might be  excused for thinking we would have no acid-loving plants in our gardens around our holiday cottage in Medstead – but you’d be wrong! We love the scented azaleas and rhododendrons so much that last year we embarked on a bit of a project – to see whether these shrubs would thrive in large pots filled with ericaceous compost – and they have! The large wooden tubs and terracotta pots have been lovingly placed where our visitors and guests can enjoy their exuberant colours and delicious scents, whether they are walking along the path to The Barn, or sitting outside the Garden Room on the terrace. So far this May we have had some glorious colour and fabulous scent – so pleased our project has worked so far. http://www.barfordfarmhouse.com

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Welcome to Spring!

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To sit on a bench in the sunshine on a warm Spring day is something of a special treat. Birds flit around, chirruping as they seek a good nest site; occasionally stopping to breakfast at one of the many birdfeeders dotted around the gardens. With sunshine blanketing you as a warm cup of coffee is imbibed or a book is read. Idyllic! And all on the doorstep of our self-catering holiday accommodation, The Barn in Medstead, Hampshire. A very special treat indeed! www.barfordfarmhouse.com

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January at The Barn in Hampshire

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The weather in Hampshire this winter has been unusually mild, which has resulted in many of our garden plants thinking it is spring already! Snowdrops, crocus and even daffodils are beginning to carpet the grass verges along the country roads of Medstead and other villages within the beautiful South Downs National Park. Makes walking so much more interesting! http://www.barfordfarmhouse.com

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Merry Christmas!

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We would like to wish all guests at our holiday cottage in Hampshire, and all of you who read and follow our blog, a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy this winter scene of Winchester, epitomised by the statue of King Alfred of Wessex – who just happens to be my great great……great grandfather. Merry Christmas! www.barfordfarmhouse.com

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Chickens at our holiday cottage!

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If the weather is dismal in Hampshire, then a two minute stroll from our holiday cottage will take you to our flock of bantams. Their antics will cheer you up no end! www.barfordfarmhouse.com

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