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Long Close & Its Garden 1/5

In the small village of Woodhouse Eaves, not very far from Loughborough, and the nearby small town in which I live, is this delightful house called Long Close, behind which are some very attractive gardens that are open to the general public 

 

The house dates from the 17th century or earlier but the garden was started in earnest by a Col. Heygate who, in the early 1930's purchased the whole of the Waterer's stand of rhododendrons and azaleas when the Royal Agricultural Show came to Leicester. He left his gardener to guard it overnight and collected it by horse and cart the next day! This formed the perimeter of the garden. After WWII George and Marian Johnson bought the property and planted many interesting trees and shrubs and then began to open the garden to the public in the 1950's. The present owners, Mr. J.T. Oakland and Miss P. Johnson, took over the care of the garden fifteen years ago and since then it has been regularly featured in the Press and on TV. They purchased the property in 2000.

Long Close & Its Garden 1/5

In the small village of Woodhouse Eaves, not very far from Loughborough, and the nearby small town in which I live, is this delightful house called Long Close, behind which are some very attractive gardens that are open to the general public 

 

The house dates from the 17th century or earlier but the garden was started in earnest by a Col. Heygate who, in the early 1930's purchased the whole of the Waterer's stand of rhododendrons and azaleas when the Royal Agricultural Show came to Leicester. He left his gardener to guard it overnight and collected it by horse and cart the next day! This formed the perimeter of the garden. After WWII George and Marian Johnson bought the property and planted many interesting trees and shrubs and then began to open the garden to the public in the 1950's. The present owners, Mr. J.T. Oakland and Miss P. Johnson, took over the care of the garden fifteen years ago and since then it has been regularly featured in the Press and on TV. They purchased the property in 2000.

comments (18)

It's hard to believe the house is that old, Brian. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the series.
Brian Walbey: Certainly the roof doesn't look to be that old, I wonder if it has been altered a lot over the years.
What a beautiful cottage Brian. Only in England can you find gem's like this.
Brian Walbey: And there are quite a few more like it in this little village.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Oct 2011, 02:08
Very perplexing to see what looks like a door leading into a fireplace, Brian...what is the story here?
Brian Walbey: I don't know Ray, I guess it has been altered a few time over the years and ended up like this.
What a lovely house - I love the door!
Brian Walbey: It is nice, I have a few shots with the door as the main subject.
I could open my garden to the public....but I wouldn't get many visitors grin
Brian Walbey: Nor would I Bill which is no consolation to Maureen as she is the one with green fingers.
With so many chimney stacks it must have been a very cold house.
Brian Walbey: I wonder if extensions have been built at different times Richard.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Oct 2011, 07:55
What a gem this is; I love the chimneys especially. The front door gives the impression that it opens directly into the back of the fireplace.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Oct 2011, 09:14
Sounds a fascinating place Brian: this house seems to be a bit of an architectural mish mash
Brian Walbey: I suspect that there may have been extensions/alterations to the house over the years Chris.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Oct 2011, 11:04
It looks a really cosy house, interesting to read all about it. Their chimney pots look like Greek urns! smile
Brian Walbey: The garden is cosy as well :inda, and I like seeing chimney pots with character.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 24 Oct 2011, 11:26
I love those windows and the stone work around the door
what a nice dual house, I like the style with the rocks (as bricks used)
Brian Walbey: They are nice, I have a few shots with the door as the main subject.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Oct 2011, 12:45
So English, Brian, and therefore so charming! The 17th century is a long time ago for those of us who hail from the other side of the Big Pond. smile
Brian Walbey: With a few more cottages like it in this village Ginnie. Nice to hear from you, have a safe journey back you two.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 24 Oct 2011, 13:00
It looks as if the entrance is through the fireplace Brian.
Brian Walbey: I guess it must be the result of alterations over the years Chad.
It looks like it has been looked after with tender loving care Brian. I expect the garden is delightful too.
Brian Walbey: Yes it does Janet. The garden is very nice as you will see.
Great clarity in the shot, Brian - excellent.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Tom.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Oct 2011, 16:33
They certainly knew how to build chimneys then! Looks like the sort of house a child would draw.
Brian Walbey: Some of it looks a bit more modern than 17th.century but those chimneys really are great shapes.
Interesting how the door seems to go into where the fire place would be. Fine old building.
Brian Walbey: I suspect this building must have been altered quite a bit over they years John, thanks
Like yr humorous posts. Exhausting day you had answering all those comments on the very interesting Hamsel & Gretel mansion you post, messy architecture by Disney I imagine. I can add a question on those funny "spanish botijos" (ha,ha,ha) on the chimney at right. I guess somebody went really out hand throughout this wonderful story of ownership your relate Brian. I think alcohol drinking should not be allowed while coping with a restoration of the like. Nice Hidrangeas on the right, though.
Brian Walbey: It does look as though













Lol. It does look as though someone might have had a few glass of fine wine before they started work on restoring this Juan. smile

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