Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Jane Seymour's English Manor: Avon UK

This is the Orangery 
An orangery or orangerie was a room or a dedicated building on the grounds of fashionable residences from the 17th to the 19th centuries where orange and other fruit trees were protected during the winter, similar to a greenhouse or conservatory.
Set amid 14 acres of gardens and paddocks is St. Catherine's Court, Avon, a part-time residence for the British-born actress.

"Apart from Hampton Court, ours is the only house in England that has them," the actress says of the Elizabethan grass steps. A Cotswold stone wall is softened by climbing vines and plants growing through nooks. ***I had to look hard for the steps. Aren't they wonderful?
These two photos are from Architectural Digest. See many more photos and read the delightful article here.

Sorry I was AWOL yesterday. I attacked my four lower level windows and screens, a double sliding glass door with a screen, and a back storm door and spent the day with a bucket full of hot soapy water and a hose. I slept like a log last night and it was a day well spent. I did not do the inside windows yet but they will be a snap. Maybe later today when the sun is on the front side of my cottage. See you later. Enjoy this lovely summer day. xo


Catherine said...

She sold St Catherine's Court several years ago. Her neighbors were DELIGHTED to see her go! That manor house is so beautiful. One of my favorites.

Content in a Cottage said...

Catherine: Thanks for the update :-)
xo, Rosemary

Vickie H. said...

While these pictures are lovely, I cannot see the steps you refer to. That orangerie is magnificent!

Content in a Cottage said...

Vickie H. -- look at the path beside the wall in the second photo. See those humps? Those are steps covered with grass. It's not much of an incline so it's not obvious that these are steps. I couldn't see them either until I saw the bumps or humps.
xo, Rosemary

Susan Kahn said...

I imagine if they were true steps, they'd be pretty darn difficult to mow!
And I'd gladly spend the day with soapy water and a hose for a good night's sleep! Haven't slept thru the night in years!

Vickie H. said...

That is truly AMAZING!!! Who thinks of these things? Thank you for opening up yet another window in the world to me!