Explore the Garden
The Langdon garden is a dynamic patchwork of animal and plant habitats, interacting with our human building and gardening projects. From the beautiful pondside patio, to the weedy corners piled with building materials, whether it's tidy and complete, or messy and in progress, nature is here in wonderful abundance.
The granary is a 19th century oak-timber grain store, converted into a bright and airy indoor space, available for hire for workshops, meetings, courses and events. Two large French windows let the light flood in and connect the room with the garden outside. Spill out to the deck to enjoy the afternoon sunshine and listen to the birds.
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Find breathing space beside the Langdon pond. Lose yourself watching the fish. Smile and enjoy as you share space with water birds and song birds, dragon flies and damselflies. And for a truly energising closeness with nature, dip into the water and swim.
The pond can be a place of calm and solitude – benches around the banks offer places to escape from it all. It can also be a place to gather for food and conversation – the large patio is a joy for eating and relaxing together.
Coming to one of our workshops? Feel free to walk around the pond, spend some time, enjoy your lunch or luxuriate in a wild swim.
Thinking of holding an event at Langdon? Click here for more information, or call to talk to us about how the pond area can enhance you and your clients’ experience.
The Walled Vegetable Garden
'The bricks and glass of the walled garden and greenhouse will be going up throughout 2022, so expect to see work in progress! Do come and see what we’re up to. The area is our homage to the Victorian heritage of the house, but the vegetables we are growing, the compost we are making, and the soil we are replenishing are timeless. Join one of our courses to learn with us about growing food throughout the year in a way that works mindfully and respectfully with our fellow creatures.
A wide-open grassy space - a favourite of moles and ground-feeding birds, awash with grasses and wildflowers in the warmer months. We have been experimenting with sowing and planting wildflowers and taking different approaches to mowing over the last few years. We are still learning and trying things out. Enjoy the space at any time, especially during the spring and summer when the grass is long, the wildflowers bloom and the butterflies and bees are all around. Around the margins of the meadow are many young trees that we have planted – we love to dream of the day in the future when this will form a woodland border to the garden.
The Playground and Cottage Garden Walk
Beyond the playground is the very first garden area that Langdon gardener, Gail Rowlands, developed for us, back in 2019. We asked her for lots of colour, and plenty of pollinators and that’s what we got! From spring until the very last moment of autumn, the long cottage garden bed along the red brick wall blooms and buzzes. Follow the path up the slope to the old quince tree – in autumn the heady smell of its fruit is divine.
For centuries this site has been the home of families of tenant farmers, passing the farm on through the generations since at least the 16th century. Langdon Manor Farm still surrounds our garden and is a thriving producer of strawberries and raspberries. The current house was built in 1865 by the Murton family, many of whom are remembered on gravestones and in a stained-glass window at nearby Goodnestone church. We are doing a lot of work renovating the house and taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint.