Coverham Abbey lies on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales in a serene and beautiful spot. This 13th century former monastery was home to the Norbertines, but was badly damaged in an attack by the Scots in 1331. Despite this monks remained in residence until 1536, when the abbey was dissolved and converted to a private residence. In the 18oos Coverham Abbey House was constructed, incorporating some of the monastic features. The original gatehouse partially survives, along with church ruins around which the garden has been sympathetically designed.
The drive swerves around to a grand entrance, and there you are, looking through the ruins of the church.
The charming knot garden was designed in 2003, but based on a simple knot drawing in a locally discovered book dating back to 1484.
Not sure what more to expect, you round the corner to be confronted with a pair of carved stone effigies. The knights are thought to be likenesses of the sons of Helewisia, the foundress of the abbey.
Beyond these, a sequence of delightful garden rooms, with a backdrop of sheep and fields. A ‘faux’ wall divides opinion. I quite like it, but my designer husband shakes his head in disapproval.
Guarding the front of the house, two slender, alert hounds, nose deep in a thrilling concoction of cosmos and tobacco plants.
And around the corner, dining ‘al fresco’, with a colourful touch, and the most perfect of views.
Did you spot the old gatehouse, over the fence, or were you too bedazzled by the sunflowers? They were the most spectacular shades!
I’m going to finish with a flourish, because I like to. Beyond that ‘faux’ wall lies a vegetable garden with an old conservatory. Remember my dahlias from Six word Saturday? I found a few more!
Not too much walking involved this week because it’s a garden visit, but there are ample opportunities in the surrounding hills and vales. My visit was through the Open Gardens scheme, and there you’ll find all the details you need.
I don’t know if you’ve been counting squares lately? I needed another 9 to take me to the end of September, and I believe I’ve exceeded that. Go and have fun with Becky! She’s loving Square in September.
Just got time to thank you all for your wonderful contributions and support. Please do find time to read these if you can! You may make some new friends. I’m going to pop the kettle on now. Join me next week? Details are on my Jo’s Monday walk page.
First this week, I’d like to introduce you to a lady called Candy. Please do say hello :
You know I love a marina! Come and join Violet for a lovely little stroll :
Big, beautiful Wyoming skies from Janet! How’s this for a sunset?
Liesbet continues to explore the neighbourhood. This week it’s down New Mexico way :
Jackie’s always ‘full of beans’, it seems :
Poor Ann Christine! Loaded with cold and now the computer crashes. She needs a soft landing place :
Kathrin takes us 2,000ft up to look down on sunny California :
Have you met the Rambling Wombat?
Denzil’s spoiling us this week. Choice of ten!
Here’s a lady you all know and love- it’s Jude, of course!
A favourite lady in a favourite city- Becky with some superb views :
And let’s not forget one of my favourite gents. I’m pretty sure Drake is not a vertigo sufferer :
Surf’s up over at Woolly’s and he’s captured some great shots :
I’ve always had a soft spot for the Italian Lakes. Find a little peace and sanctuary there with Mari :
Just made it this week! So many flowers! Hope you enjoyed it, and have a great week everybody.