Special details of the amazing gardens include a crinkle-crankle
wall, designed for fruit growing, an ornamental fruit garden with quince and mulberry, a nut walk and water gardens with specialist marshland varieties.
The gardens are also faithful to their original plan, providing formal areas and a well maintained kitchen garden with its high, sheltering crinkle-crankle
When the school finally closed in 1996, Prowting took it on, converting its various buildings and completing an onerous refurbishment including the painstaking repair of an important Serpentine or 'crinkle-crankle
' wall, which curves in and out, around what was once the nursery gardens.
Close by is the important ``Serpentine'' or crinkle-crankle
wall that dates to the manor house's Georgian era, a feat of bricklaying, literally undulating, designed to enclose the nursery gardens.
The spectacular wavy structure, also known as a 'crinkle-crankle
' wall was a showy piece of Georgian one-upmanship, proof that the estate could afford luxury detail, inside and out.