Viewed from living rooms on the west wing of the mansion is the formal rose garden
(above and right) - ‘one of the finest collaborations between Lutyens and Gertrude
In the midst of the paved garden is Father Time, an old leaden figure, silvery-white
and armed with a scythe and hour glass. The rose garden is acclaimed for its elegant
In 1981, a pupil who attended the Princess Helena School described how the garden
could still ‘provide peace and seclusion’ amidst the school girls.
To the north of the west wing are a pair of garden houses, divided by pillared loggia
(above). The garden rose to a lawn and brilliant flowerbeds, flanked by raised terraces.
Steps and pergolas covered with vines completed the picture.