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The Garden

At any time of year the park and gardens of the Lynch Country House have something to offer including a wonderful wisteria and magnolia which clings to the front of the property. The spring comes early to Lynch being on a south facing hill side in a sheltered valley. When other parts of Britain are still waiting for the first signs of life the snow drops in the woods will already be out and the daffodils will be coming through the grass.

Originally, the gardens (encompassing 3.4 hectares) had been planned and laid out by Googie Hughes, the wife of the builder Allan Hughes. With the maritime connections, a lot of botanical rarities from Australia, and New Zealand can be seen throughout the garden today. Originally there were six gardeners, one of whom was responsible for supplying flowers to the house daily. The rose garden is in the process of being restored and there are many new roses amongst the lovely old English varieties. A spring fed reservoir in the woods provides the water which nourishes the roses and the other plants grown down at the greenhouses.

The water garden is a myriad of paths and bridges by the river Aller, controlled and fed using the system originally set up to control the mill's water wheel. The giant Gunera leaves, beautiful flowers, and palm trees make it a secluded haven. And if you look into the water and stay still for just a moment you are bound to see the darting wild brown trout.

Enjoying a very mild micro-climate, there are palms, Canna, Crinodendron, Clerodendrum, Ginkgo biloba, and many other sub-tropical plants in the garden. In spring the sloping orchard near the entrance and the bank on the right of the drive form a carpet of daffodils.
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Lynch Country House, Lynch, Allerford, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, TA24 8HJ

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