Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey was built almost 900 years ago by Cistercian monks, set in the most beautiful countryside, it seems miles from anywhere. We followed directions, but had the feeling we were driving round in circles when Crewkerne got nearer, then further away, then nearer again!
We were greeted with these beautiful Alliums and a welcoming sign.
We looked round the plant sales first
There was an excellent choice of plants to buy
We were told when we arrived that if we hurried out into the garden, we'd be in time to see the fountain, reputedly England's highest powered fountain.Despite the rain, it was a lovely sight, we didn't run in and out of it because we were wet already. This what the website says about the fountain:
'The Centenary Fountain celebrates 100 years of the Roper family at Forde Abbey. Powered by a pump from the strawberry farm on the estate, it reaches a height of 160 feet and is the highest powered fountain in England. Running in and out of the spray is a great sport for younger visitors to the garden and if you stand at the top end of the fountain, you’ll often see a rainbow.'
I had chance to take a photo of the lovely border, and
took another photo of the fountain, was it higher now?
We got fairly wet and had tea in the renowned medieval vaulted Undercroft tearoom after having a really good look round the gardens. I decided I'd like a Sambucus, the scent from theirs was just magnificent.

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