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● Size The over­all size of the gar­den is ‘im­pos­si­ble to quan­tify’ (the es­tate it­self is about 6,000 acres). ‘The Ital­ian Gar­dens are per­haps three acres, the Per­ma­cul­ture Gar­den and the Kitchen Gar­den just un­der and just over an acre re­spec­tively, and then there’s a mile of wood­land walk lead­ing to the Lake,’ ad­vises Hec­tor ● Soil Slightly acidic ● Al­ti­tude 300ft above sea level ● Po­si­tion Set on an el­e­vated plateau over­look­ing Bide­ford Bay and the es­tu­ary of the River Tor­ridge where it meets the River Taw ● Others in­volved Kirsty Macdon­ald. In the 1990s, Mary Keen—who had worked on the gar­dens at Glyn­de­bourne—ad­vised on the restora­tion of the Ital­ian Ter­races. Devon-based Carol Klein has also of­fered ad­vice on the gar­den and de­signed the Dairy Lawn Bor­der

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