A haven of tranquility

PUBLISHED: 13:27 16 June 2009 | UPDATED: 07:15 30 May 2010

Snares Hill Cottage garden  Picture: SUBMITTED

Snares Hill Cottage garden Picture: SUBMITTED

A NATURAL swimming pool in a romantic setting is the crowning glory of the latest garden to open its doors to the public as part of a national scheme. Snares Hill Cottage owners Liz and Peter Stabler have created a peaceful one-and-a-quarter acre garden s

A NATURAL swimming pool in a romantic setting is the crowning glory of the latest garden to open its doors to the public as part of a national scheme.

Snares Hill Cottage owners Liz and Peter Stabler have created a peaceful one-and-a-quarter acre garden since they moved in 14 years ago.

The garden, in Duck End, is divided into several small areas which include a natural bog garden, apple orchard and even a fascinating beach garden complete with beach hut and boat stranded on a pebble beach.

There are fern and fountain gardens, infromal style flower beds and it has many water features including a stunning natural swimming pool - designed by Mr Stabler - which is bordered by romantic cottage beds and a formal border.

The garden is now about to debut for the National Gardens Scheme.

NGS Essex County origaniser, Susan Copeland, said: "This is such a lovely garden to visit and there is so much to see.The garden feels like a completely coheseve design even with so many surprising elements.

"They just seem to blend so well and the natural swimming pool area just bowled me over!"

Snares Hill Cottage at Duck End, near Stebbing, is open on Sunday June 21 from 10am to 4pm. Admission is £3.50, and free for children. Home made teas are on offer. Note that there are some steep slopes in the garden.

The garden is also open on September 13 and by appointment.

The National Gardens Scheme supports a number of charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care. The NGS website www.ngs.org.uk has full details of all open gardens.

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