The ideal centre from which to visit the rich variety of Wiltshire and other famous and secret gardens in the West
Guyers House Hotel & Restaurant sits amidst a classic English garden designed and developed over the past 22 years by Guy and Clare Hungerford. It is a garden of contrasts but restful and easy on the mind.
It was planted to complement the different aspects of Guyers House and particularly to take advantage of the attractive ancient stone walls that occupy the grounds. Thus the seventeenth century front faces long lavender edged yew walks with secluded enclosures and gazebos leading to an orchard and a pond and a line of shrub roses, whereas the garden faced by the Georgian facade of the house has an open, sweeping, airy freedom.
In summary the planting and layout comprises spacious lawns, hooped rose walks, a walled kitchen garden with raised vegetable beds (which helps to feed the restaurant) colourful herbaceous borders, sweeping vistas and a lily pond. A shady pleached hornbeam walk is underplanted with clipped yew and the courtyards are climbed by a vigorous collection of roses, wisteria and freemontodendron.
There is an aromatic group of bay trees edging a walk through to a large border and in spring aconites, snowdrops and daffodils are in abundance throughout the garden and woods.
The hotel is the ideal jumping spot for visiting other notable gardens (picnics provided if required).