The historic Encombe Estate is nestled within a unique secluded valley in the Purbeck Hills, largely hidden from the surrounding hillsides. The gardens have been extensively redeveloped with a design by Tom Stuart-Smith. The Encombe Estate garden is not open to the public and this exclusive tour will be held by Head Gardener Simon Hansford.
The main garden to the south of the house includes large sweeping borders filled with grasses and perennials that embrace the Temple.
Behind this lies the walled garden, where deep herbaceous beds line the walls. In the centre surrounded by a young orchard, is a yew-hedged garden planted around a millstone fountain.
Elsewhere, there are woodland walks, wildflower meadows, lakes, a kitchen garden, glasshouses, and wilder areas all with glimpses of the Jurassic coast.
The garden continues to be developed with new areas being added, together with massed bulb and tree planting. We will then enjoy lunch within the grounds.BOOK TICKETS