Still at Hidcote. When you have 10 acres there is scope for a grand design.
An opening in the hedge is one way to reach the swimming "pond". Major Johnston has been described as reclusive but he often invited friends over to enjoy the pool and to play tennis. The pool house hasmurals painted by the Major, unfortunately they were in shadow and did not photograph well.
Below is the famous red border without much red in it. The blues are planted with the intention of contrasting and emphasising the red. It was one of the first "hot" borders in English garden design when it was planted in 1913.
Once you've walked up the slope turn for a stroll along the Long Walk. It does feel like it goes on forever especially if you have already been walking for hours.
Eventually you find a simple rustic gate