Visit to Manderston and Shepherd House Garden
Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland and is the swan-song of its era. It is owned by Lord and Lady Palmer, and has opulent staterooms, the only silver-staircase in the world, and extensive domestic quarters. Channel 4 filmed The Edwardian Country House at Manderston, which stands in 56 acres of formal gardens, with magnificent stables and a most unusual marble dairy. John Kinross the architect, on enquiring how large his budget was to be, was told that money was no object! Lunch with wine will be served here.
Shepherd House Garden, owned by Sir Charles and Lady Fraser, is contained in
a walled triangle at the centre of the village of Inveresk. It is one of only
two Scottish gardens featured in Rosemary Verey's book, 'Secret
Gardens'. The tiny front garden is formal and this formality is continued
in the main garden to the rear which has a herb parterre and two symmetric
potagers. A formal rill runs the length of the garden which is planted
throughout in a colour themed softly romantic style. Anne Fraser is a
renowned Botanical Illustrator and the garden provides much of the inspiration
for her work, some of which may be seen on this visit.
Morning Coffee and biscuits will be served here.