The library, or 'Big Room' as it was referred to by Vita and Harold, from the upper courtyard.
In addition to her novels, Vita wrote a very popular gardening column for The Observer. Below, the room where she did her writing.
The garden itself is designed as a series of 'rooms', each with a different character of color or theme, with walls of either brick or high, clipped hedges. The rooms are arranged so that one tours the garden with a sense of discovery as 'doors' lead into other garden rooms.
The entrance to the Rose Garden from the upper courtyard.
The Rose Garden from the Tower roof. Here is a more complete picture of the Rondel.
The White Garden from the Tower.
Warm reds and gold feature in the Cottage Garden which really showcases its blooms in late summer and autumn.
The Lime Walk is a Spring garden and so not in flower when we visited, but the pleached lime (linden) trees are stunning. It is almost impossible to tell where the branches of one tree end and those of its neighbor begin.
The Herb Garden is fragrant and peaceful.
A stone bench with a seat of live thyme.
A portion of the moat that originally surrounded the property.
For many years the rich farmland that surrounds the house and gardens was originally planted with hops. Below, the Oast House where the hops were dried before being sold to local breweries.
We concluded our visit with a walk on the trail that circles the property. It winds through fields where cows graze, past two lakes, and through the woods where foxgloves grow in abundance.