The Banks and Lower Garden
The path to the Lower Garden passes beneath the spreading boughs of vast Monterey pines that shade the Banks and make them difficult to garden. However tough drought tolerant plants such as cistus, rosemary and ceanothus manage to grow here.
In the Lower Garden the temperature is noticeably warmer and many tender shrubs have naturalised in this protected area. The view is magnificent from the swimming pool lawn. In one direction the distant hills of Malvern can be seen beyond the Vale of Evesham whilst looking back up the Banks a fine view of the house can allow oneself to imagine being in a Mediterranean setting. By the time you have climbed up any of the paths back to the house you will have earned a cup of tea in the tea room.