A good book in a sunny spot, a gentle stroll, a summer party…

The Dower House is set in five and a half acres of gorgeous landscaped gardens and we make great use of them. From outdoor exercises with the physiotherapist to afternoon tea on the lawn, the gardens are very much part of life here.

The proprietor of The Dower House, Mrs Judith Lywood, takes a great personal interest in the gardens, ensuring that they are a source of pleasure for the residents and staff.

Our Head Gardener is always happy to take you or your guests on a planned, seasonal tour of the grounds and keeps everyone updated on garden developments in a monthly newsletter. His current projects include developing a physiotherapy garden, a geranium bank, iris bed, a pond and bog garden, and a shrubbery border.

The Dower House is on two levels and each has direct access to the gardens. It is our policy to actively encourage the residents to enjoy the grounds, either walking or in a wheelchair with the assistance of a member of staff.

Our wide riven stone path circulates through the main part of the grounds for residents’ easy access.

There are numerous seating areas around the grounds on which to sit and take in the wonderful views.

The flower beds surrounding residents’ patios are individually planted with bulbs and perennials.

The grounds are planted with swathes of spring flowering bulbs including snowdrops, winter aconites, daffodils, crocuses, bluebells and fritillarias.

The large natural pond and bog garden area is a delightful place to sit and relax.

It is a measure of the high standard of our gardens that they are open once a year under the National Garden Scheme.

Weather permitting we use the gardens for various activities including summer parties, an animal farm and talks.

Ben (Head Gardener) and Terry (Groundsman)Ben (Head Gardener) and Terry (Groundsman)
Wildflower MeadowWildflower Meadow
Spring GardenSpring Garden

Belinda RushJansen.

Throughout The Dower House and its grounds are several examples of Belinda’s sculptures.

From 1980-83 Belinda specialised at Edinburgh in clay and stonecarving. During this time she exhibited regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy and was invited to become a member of Scottish Women Artists. She has won a number of awards, most recently having received the Royal Scottish Academy Award for best female sculptor. A number of her sculptures are in public buildings as well as private collections around the world.