Category: The Great Outdoors

Bibury Farm Barns


Following a lengthy restoration project Bibury Farm Barns now offers luxury self-catered stone barns, each with its own identity and design to combine both comfort and style in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. The farmstead is set on the edge of a working arable and livestock farm with each of the barns having…

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Denbies Wine Estate


Denbies Wine Estate is an international award-winning wine estate situated in the protected south facing slopes of the North Downs in the town of Dorking. We love that Denbies offers visitors of all ages a fascinating insight into all aspects of the wine producing process all year round. A total 265 acres have been planted,…

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Daylesford Farm

Can we consume meat with a conscience?

It’s no secret that here at Humphrey Munson we are huge fans of Daylesford organic farm in the Gloucestershire countryside. After attending the Daylesford Cookery School earlier this summer (which you can read about here), we learned even more about why eating organically, seasonally and sustainably is so important. Since the very beginning Daylesford have…

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Five Inspiring Garden Designs

In & Around London

With a story dating back to 1859, The National Garden Scheme has a rich and interesting history. Following an idea of ‘district nursing’ from William Rathbone and Florence Nightingale, the Queen’s Nursing Institute was founded in 1887. After years of coordinating national standards for district nurses and establishing training homes, supervising centres and branches where…

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The Future of Organic, Biodynamic Wine

As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Surrey Hills offers some of South East England’s most stunning and accessible countryside and in recent years has also become the pinnacle of successful British winemaking. With the same geology as the Champagne region in France, the Surrey Hills is a rural enterprise with the very best…

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Q&A With Marian Boswall

Landscape Architects

Marian Boswall Landscape Architects is a leading award-winning landscape design practice with an outstanding reputation for creating beautiful gardens while also encouraging biodiversity and conserving habitats. Established in 2004 and based in Kent, Marian Boswall combines horticultural, visual design and project management expertise on projects now ranging from large trusts and estates open to the…

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The Lost Gardens Of Heligan


A genuine secret garden lost in time for decades, The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall are now more magnificent than ever. Owned and loved by the Tremayne family for over 400 years, the estate slowly fell into decline with the arrival of WW1 when the gardens workforce left to fight in the war. Decades…

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What to do in the garden


For the green fingered and beginner gardeners alike it can be hard to know what is best for your garden in the depths of an English winter. It may not seem like a priority but once the Christmas mayhem and the New Year celebrations are over, this really is the best time to get your…

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Kew Gardens

Light Trail

From November 2018 to January 2019, Kew Gardens will once again transform into a mesmerising illuminated trail of lights – one million of them in fact. After dark the landscape plays host to an explosion of newly commissioned artworks of light and sound that just keeps getting better each year. Visitors are invited to embark…

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Thyme, Cotswolds

A Unique Country Destination

What can only be described as an idyllic English country destination, Thyme is an enclosed collection of restored historic buildings that form a peaceful environment for visiting guests. The stunning Cotswold manor and farm buildings are filled with elegant drawing rooms, restaurants, bars, spa, cookery school, garden and Thyme is a haven that is begging…

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Heckfield Place

The beautiful Heckfield Place is a Georgian Home that has been recently restored to its historic origins. Encapsulating the very essence of English charm and heritage, the house is nestled in a 400 acre estate in the heart of rural Hampshire. Just over an hour’s journey from London, Heckfield Place offers a truly special experience…

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Bowood Gardens

Famous for its Grade one listed Georgian house and luscious gardens, Bowood is rich in history. The parkland is home to award winning walled gardens along with Capability Brown landscapes that are so mesmerising you feel the need to pinch yourself. Home to the Lansdowne family for over 250 years the house and 100 acres of beautiful parkland is…

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The Wolf

107cm Outdoor Gas Grill

Summer is officially here so it’s the perfect time for dining outside with friends and family because everything just tastes better al fresco… The Wolf outdoor gas grill is available in a traditional stand-alone style or built in and is the perfect addition to an outdoor kitchen. With a substantial amount of control and more precise cooking temperatures than a standard…

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The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Garden Design Inspiration

The Ivy Chelsea Garden is the perfect combination of sophistication and understated luxury and a really lovely spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the King’s Road in Chelsea. The stunning outdoor area at the Ivy Chelsea Garden was designed by the super talented award-winning landscapers and design specialists Cameron Landscapes and Gardens. Having…

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6 Stands to Visit

Pimlico Road Farmers Market

The Saturday morning buzz of a market is the perfect way to start a spring weekend and we love the Pimlico Farmers Market in particular. Since it was established in 2002, the local stalls sit under the watchful eye of the Mozart statue in Orange Square, Pimlico where the stallholders open every Saturday morning between 9am-1pm and…

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Walks around London

Bleak House is a London-based online lifestyle store selling beautifully made products for the home, for outdoor adventures and for dogs. They also have an online magazine with interior design advice and lifestyle tips as well as recommendations of places to visit and things to do both in London and away from home. Typical posts…

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Q&A with Stefano Marinaz

Landscape Architecture

From their London base, the Stefano Marinaz Landscape Architecture studio work alongside international architects and designers on projects ranging from small private gardens to larger landscapes, and historical restorations to installations for garden festivals. We caught up with Stefano to find out more about how he established the practice and what a day in the…

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5 of the best rooftop terraces in London

Few things in life beat the feeling of relaxing in the afternoon / early evening sunshine and for those working through the summer in London, nothing beats an aperitif at one of London’s best rooftop terraces – here are a few to add to your list… 1.   A V I A R Y  ,…

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Garden in Metairie, New Orleans


Founded in 1999, Sawyer Berson is an interdisciplinary firm based in New York City. Combining a strong sense of tradition with a very real curiosity for modern principles and the ability to future proof, Brian Sawyer and John Berson have created some of the world’s most sophisticated and inspiring architecture, landscape architecture and interiors. The…

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The Wild Garden, Long Island NY

by Miranda Brooks

For the ultimate wild garden inspiration look no further than the Miranda Brooks designed gardens at the Long Island home of US Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour. English-born Brooks has created a series of dreamy, romantic gardens and meadows that have the effortless charm of the very finest English gardens but with none of the formality…

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Garden Design Inspiration

Using pinterest to keep track of inspiring design ideas is so helpful when you’re planning a new interior design, but we also love to use it for garden design. As we continue the renovations at our showroom in Felsted, Essex, we have included an outdoor area too which we are so looking forward to using…

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Autumn Walks & Sunday Lunch

Sundays are ruling the roost as the best day of the week at the moment, and it’s quite simple why that’s the case: the great British Sunday lunch. No one does Sunday lunch better than us Brits, and this is the time of year to really embrace this weekly ritual. With Autumn in full swing,…

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The Illumination at Houghton Hall, Norfolk

Houghton Hall is a grand Palladian country house originally built for Britain’s first prime minister, Robert Walpole. Houghton’s current owner, the Marquess of Cholmondeley, is a dedicated collector of James Turrell’s art and has commissioned a series of permanent installations on his estate. An exhibition devoted to James Turrell’s work has been a long-held ambition of Lord…

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Chelsea in Bloom

Held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London every year since 1913, (apart from gaps during the two World Wars), the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is still the most prestigious flower show in the world. It features the absolute cream of British gardening alongside some incredible international exhibitors. Interestingly, in 1927 there was…

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Petersham Nurseries

This week it definitely feels like spring is in the air. Getting out into the garden at this time of year is such a pleasure after spending the winter indoors – hibernating almost. To celebrate the arrival of spring, I thought it would be timely to take you on a tour of one of my…

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