The Old Rectory

THE GARDENS

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The gardens of the Old Rectory are a special attraction for our guests. They comprise approximately one acre of formal and informal planting surrounding the house and the self-catered accommodation. They were redesigned and replanted commencing in 2010 under the expert guidance of professional garden designer Simon Moore specifically in order to encourage visits by garden loving guests and to allow them to enjoy a wonderful garden whose theme is informal elegance with year round interest. There are walkways, rose and wisteria clad pergolas and attractive trees and shrubs with benches, tables and chairs scattered here and there for our guests to enjoy different vistas of the buildings and the planting. The garden is illuminated at night by subtle background LED lighting for those guests who enjoy the night-time scents and atmosphere of a country garden. Glance skyward at night and you may be rewarded with sight of a bat circling the garden or the pale white wings of a Barn owl gliding past searching for a mole to take back for its chicks. The formal garden leads to the three acre Paddock on the south western side which contains a large pond fed by a natural spring, lots of interesting marginal planting and a jetty with a small row boat. The Paddock is being planted as an arboretum with lots of interesting and colourful trees creating interest at all times of the year. Guests can stroll south down to the bottom of the Paddock where on the county boundary between Lincolnshire and Rutland one of the cleanest small rivers in England, the West Glen, glides past on its way from Rutland through Lincolnshire and out across the Fens to the Wash in the east.