C18/early C19 pleasure grounds and park, with extensive mid-late C20 planting. George Washington’s Mount Vernon garden updated in 2017 in response to a new interpretation of the historical plans, includes four box parterre, ornamental planting, fruit trees and productive edible borders. Remnants of the old Italianate-style manorial pleasure gardens and parkland, dating from the 1820s, can be seen within the grounds, including period features such as a grotto, balustrade and curtain walling, and ornamental stonework. C19 Dutch summerhouse; panoramic views across the Limpley Stoke valley.
The formal gardens were renovated in 2018 by US garden designers Oehme, van Sweden (OvS) and include the New American Garden, the Mount Vernon Garden, and a Children’s Garden, as well as the arboretum and parkland. Named for OvS’ hallmark style, the 2.5 acre new American Garden has sweeping lawns and vistas, and large garden vignettes that embrace the aesthetic of the American meadow, with a profusion of colour, texture and movement throughout the year.
- Associated Buildings
Claverton House (LB II) 1820, by Jeffry Wyatville for John Vivian; grotto (LB II*) c1820. Screen Walls to north and south.