The monkey pool is a restful sunken area adjoining the Terrace. A white colour themed garden of intimate borders and hydrangeas in oak planters surround the formal lily pool with ornate lead fountain head.
Geoffrey Jellicoe was the first of many designers commissioned at Cottesbrooke in 1930s. Here, he set out a formal design where the original entrance once was, leading to the creation of a new drive way to the north of the property.
Flanked by a number of Peter Scheemakers statues, originally from Stowe – from where it inherits the name – it is the first herbaceous border that visitors to the garden encounter. The soft romantic planting has been recently designed by Arne Maynard and is anchored by rose pillars that flower in June.
Dame Sylvia Crowe’s original 1950s design has been updated by Arne Maynard’s contemporary planting. The purple beech platforms echo similar planting outside of the Pool Garden walls
Spinney Garden/Dog Gate Walk/ Gladiator Walk
Originally lawn, these four narrow borders, embellished by Arne Maynard’s recognisable purple beech platforms, now link, for the first time, the Statue Walk to the Terrace in one continuous herbaceous planting.
Philosophers Garden/Reflecting Pool
Once a rose garden, this area is undergoing re-development, with a new scheme being considered at present.
The double herbaceous borders, originally planted by the flamboyant garden designer, James Alexander-Sinclair, are dating from the time that Robert Weir Schulz was working on the Hall & Gardens (c1912).
A small discrete, arts and crafts influenced area that links the Pool and the Dutch Garden.
Traditionally planted with annual bedding, the Dutch Garden now combines perennial and annual plants for its summer display, which have been principally inspired by local designer, Angela (Angel) Collins.
An undulating garden encompassing a meandering stream, Acer glades, informal planting and a nod to the orient.