barnsley house - rosemary verey







are you sick of gardens and garden related things yet?
don't worry after this one I promise to show only 2 more.
and then lucky you...France.

so after Highgrove and The Grove we get to drive through some of the most beautiful countryside i've ever seen (pinching myself all the way) and meet rosemary verey's garden.
how did I get this lucky?

barnsley house is set in the cotswolds and was built in 1697 by barnsley's village squire, brereton bouchier.

in 1952 david and rosemary verey bought the home and transformed the gardens into what you see today.  rosemary passed away in 2001 and her son charles took care of the property until he sold it in 2009.  it is now a stunning luxury cotswold hotel.























here is another one of those ideas to use in our gardens.
why not grow a hedge up behind a garden bench like this and create a back for it?
gorgeous.












































the property next door belongs to elizabeth hurley





i just loved this sofa in the entry of the house.  (thank you Paula for the photo!)




and look at this bathroom.  
i took so many pictures of bathrooms!
this was a good one.


if you'd like to hear rosemary talk about gardening in the english countryside
click here.  she seems so lovely and warm.
i think I'll write in my journal by candlelight tonight.

32 comments

  1. Oh I love this and am already plotting the hedge and bench - brilliant, Janet!!! So much inpsiration! We have had so much rain - I had to get out today regardless and pull some weeding, but I need a serious weeding fest and the rain and the bugs don't seem to want to cooperate! Thank you so much for these wonderful posts!

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    1. thank you wendy. isn't that hedge/bench think fabulous?! i have a bench now must get that hedge started now.

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  2. You're making me homesick Janet (I'm in Canada for a while). So pretty, the Cotswolds.

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    1. if you live anywhere near the cotswolds anna i'd get back there asap. i've never seen a prettier countryside. stunning.

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  3. It's glorious...in every way.
    I love how there is a sense of whimsy in the hedging details...and the plants in the potager with the brick paths.
    You have shown such us such beauty in these gardens Janet...I'd be delighted if you showed us gardens all the time.
    Rosemary has deftly left her signature here at Barnsley House...what a legacy!

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    1. it is glorious in every way. and all the gardens we saw had a touch of whimsy. the brittish really get that and not in a cutesy way. they are serious about their whimsy which sounds counterproductive but it works.

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  4. The Cotswolds are so beautiful and peaceful, I love it there. Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing

    Mireille

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    1. you are so welcome mireille. i know these garden posts aren't for everyone but i'm so glad you are enjoying them.

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  5. As Christopher Lloyd said at lunch, "The garden dies when the gardener dies."

    Met Rosemary Verey when she lectured in USA while she was in her 50's. Full of success, intellect, physical vigor, humor.

    Met her again in USA almost 2 decades later. She had so much more than the above, she had Feminine POWER. Have never seen that before, or since.

    Her garden is holding together marvelously well.

    How did I meet Rosemary? No money to attend the symposium so I volunteered to help. Shazaaam, they put me on her hosting committee. Same happenstance when Christopher Lloyd came to Atlanta. Just FYI to all those who say they don't have enough $$$$

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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    1. oh lucky you tara. what i'd give to have met her. her garden is very alive and well and i think you can chalk that up to having lots of money and respect for rosemary.

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  6. I will never be sick of reminiscing about the gardens that we saw and times that we had on tour! It was staggeringly beautiful, wasn't it? Rx

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    1. neither will i. i think about them all everyday as i look as my own garden that needs so much work!

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  7. Sick of gardens! You could post all 1500 of your garden photos and I'd enjoy them all :)

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  8. I saw the gardens at Barnsley House almost 25 years ago. My favourite part of the garden was the potager and it looks just as good today, I suppose if the bones of the garden are in place then it can continue to look good even if it is looked after by other gardeners.
    I am enjoying these garden posts, I especially liked the video of the Grove you linked to in your last post.

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    1. oh thank you willow. so good to know the potager garden has stood the test of time. isn't it breathtaking? photos just are not the same as standing in the middle of it.

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  9. I love these posts also. I'm curious how this trip with fellow bloggers came to be. Been loving the Faux Fushia posts also.

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    1. this trip came together through janelle mccullochs blog The Library of Design. you can see her link in my blog list. this was the first tour she put together and i she did a fabulous job.

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  10. Love all your posts , I'll never get to Europe so it is great to see it through your eyes

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    1. oh thank you. i don't know if i'll ever make it back there either. i'm so glad you are enjoying them.

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  11. I love these posts too, I'll never get there so it's a joy to experience it through your fab photos. Such a lovely atmosphere in this garden, love the muffinshaped hedges and the statue blending in with the stonewall, gorgeous. Like that seat idea too. Can happily go about my day now having seen this garden, thanks so much

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    1. thank you elizabeth. i never thought i'd ever make it to europe either...so you never know! but yes the topiary and the stone walls are what makes these gardens. esp. the stone walls. kinda hard to duplicate centuries old walls.

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  12. Did you just fall on your knees and start weeding as soon as you got home?

    I would have.

    Steve probably already did the bench/hedge thing.

    I love your garden tours.

    Only 2 more?

    xo Jane

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    1. i didn't start weeding but rather watering. there are more than 2 left but i don't want to bore people to death. maybe i'll break them up with other mundane stuff going on here. lol

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  13. Oh how wonderful to see the "purple" sofa in all its glory! I just love revisiting the gardens and remembering the wonderful times we had on tour. Thank you for taking the time to post about them. Paula x

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    1. oh paula wasn't that sofa gorgeous and the pillows - or cushions as you say. thanks for coming to rescue with your camera!

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  14. Such a beautiful british country garden! I especially adore the wisteria growing up the house.

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    1. oh emalina that wisteria is fabulous against that old stone. breathtaking.

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  15. This is a lovely place and the gardens are magical. I hope you had a lovely time writing in your journal by candlelight. :)

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  16. wasn't it all divine? I loved it. I'll be sad when the gardening posts end!

    It was just all so magical. x

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  17. Oh, I so wanted to visit Barnsley House, but the day I was in the area it was closed. Thanks for the updated tour. I love those English gardens. Thanks,

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  18. I for one, hope there is more than two more garden posts...how I would love to go to England for garden tours...one day. Love these posts. Thanks,

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