When we moved to The Priory in 1984, we discovered that the house had a classical rose garden, which was the pride and joy of the then owner. The left herbaceous border was the so-called Spring Border, full of yellow and white flowers and the right was more the Summer Border, displaying pinks and blues. In the middle was one round bed and four surrounding beds, displaying rose and cosmos.
The garden also has honeysuckle, lavendar, foxgloves, verbena and ceonothus. We have a covered terrace where meals are taken in the summer.
Guests were able to walk from the car park in the field opposite our main entrance, through the drive, through the house, through the rose garden and into the church. There were two marquees, one (pictured) for the reception for 200 people; the other on the top lawn for the dinner dance that followed. It was a most happy occasion. Bridesmaids and pages behaved beautifully, it stayed dry and the bride honoured us with a visit on the Sunday morning, changed back into her wedding dress, albeit a bit muddy at the edges.