Littlethorpe Manor

Littlethorpe Manor
Littlethorpe
Ripon
North Yorks HG4 3LG

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Terrace, Courtyard and Orangery - Littlethorpe Manor

Terrace, Courtyard, Orangery and Fountain Lawn

terrace-1.jpgA raised pool forms the centre of the courtyard to the rear of the house. To one side is a short avenue of Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis' growing in wooden planters and leading up to a gazebo. Pots of tender perennials are put out in the summer. The Terrace and Orangery surrounds are decorated with pots of clipped Box, Bay, Holly and Photinia, trained as half standards, cones, spirals or trios. The Terrace with balustrade looks down onto the fountain lawn below and provides a wonderful view of the classical pavilion in the parkland beyond. Two large Phormium tenax 'Variegata' flank either side of the curving steps. The beds at the base of the wall are planted with Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant', creating a haze of blue, humming to the sound of bees in the summer. Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' and Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red' flower with the second flush of Nepeta.

terrace-2.jpgSet below the main terrace, the previously undulating lawn was leveled and the fountain pool installed in 2003. Lines of clipped fastigiate Yew bound the finely cut lawn. The lawn is cut at two different levels, a cylinder mower striping the main lawn and adjacent croquet lawns and a rear rotary mower cutting the surrounds at a higher level. Away from the terrace, the lawn is bounded by Yew hedging. A large old Walnut and three substantial Irish Yews are to the left with a bed of Stipa gigantea shimmering in the late evening sun.