KEY FACTS

Period Living - - Gardens -

CHAR­AC­TER OF GAR­DEN Land­scaped coun­try gar­den of in­ter­lock­ing ar­eas, partly ter­raced, with im­pres­sive views of the Wealden land­scape. The gar­den has been de­vel­oped over 25 years and con­tains a wide range of trees, shrubs and peren­nial plants

SIZE Seven acres of cul­ti­vated gar­den, with 100 acres of wood­land

AS­PECT The gar­den is south-fac­ing

SOIL Heavy Wealden clay that has been im­proved with reg­u­lar mulching and ad­di­tion of agri­cul­tural grit

OWNER Pere­grine and Deirdre Massey have lived here since 1994

PE­RIOD OF HOUSE 1902–4, by ar­chi­tect Robert Marchant, a one-time ap­pren­tice to Sir Ed­win Lu­tyens. Bold­shaves was one of Marchant’s ear­li­est in­de­pen­dent pieces of work and shows clear Lu­tyens in­flu­ences

OPEN Week­days, April to Oc­to­ber (2–6pm), and for the Na­tional Gar­dens Scheme. See bold­shaves. co.uk and ngs.org.uk. Bed and break­fast avail­able through the year and the prop­erty hosts the an­nual Wealden Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val, 30 June – 1 July this year (wealden lit­er­aryfes­ti­val.co.uk). Bold­shaves, Wood­church TN26 3RA

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