Manor Farm

Adding interest to the 17th-century gardens


Bringing the 17th Century gardens to life

Manor Farm sits in a small village close to the picturesque town of Bradford On Avon.

The Manor House had been newly acquired and alongside refurbishments and updates to this stunning 17th-century House, Selby was commissioned to design and build a new landscape scheme for the gardens.

The brief from our client included a natural swimming pond, a training structure for roses and an area of wildflower meadow.


Winsley, UK


Sam Selby / Selby Landscapes

Project Cost:

£80,000 – £120,000

Year Built:



The scope of the natural swimming pond was reduced over the course of several design amends due to budget and the realisation that the usage versus its footprint was probably too much for the garden. We decided on a smaller, naturally shaped pond which would encourage wildlife and planting but large enough for grandchildren on a hot summer’s day.

The showstopper of the garden is the vast oak pergola that sits on top of a dry stone effect wall built from a forest marble stone known for its durability and beautiful colour tones.

The stone was picked to compliment the stonework on the house.
Over the coming years, we can expect to see this beautiful piece of craftsmanship covered in large displays of scented roses.


Minimal waste was removed from the excavations in the garden to reduce landfill costs and was instead used to create berms at the back of the garden which was then sown with wildflowers.

This back end of the garden takes the space from a more formal layout to a woodland feel complimented by mulched paths leading up to a home gym.

The boundary wall was in a serious case of disrepair and was removed and rebuilt by expert drystone waller Simon Knops using a Purbeck walling stone.

The garden continues to flourish and we look forward to seeing this Selby garden mature in years  to come

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