An unbelievable likelihood to stay within the grounds of the home which impressed Frances Hodgson Burnett’s ‘The Secret Backyard’


‘When you look the fitting manner, you’ll be able to see that the entire world is a backyard.’ — Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Backyard.

Designed in 1909 by Edwin Lutyens for the Proper Honourable H J Tennant, Nice Maytham Corridor is a Grade II listed constructing of ‘historic curiosity.’

Nice Maytham Corridor.

And whereas Nice Maytham Corridor isn’t on the market, one in every of its outbuildings is. Coach Home Mews as soon as shaped a part of the unique stables hooked up to Nice Maytham Corridor, and is now a well-presented household house available on the market through Savills at a information worth of £845,000.

But it isn’t the primary home, nor the coach home — though undoubtedly spectacular — that has our pursuits piqued…

The communal gardens and grounds at Nice Maytham Corridor are mentioned to have been the supply of inspiration behind Frances Hodgon Burnett’s iconic novel The Secret Backyard.

‘Within the early 1900s, American authoress, Frances Hodgson Burnett found an iron gate lined in ivy, and past it she noticed glimpses of an overgrown walled backyard,’ reads the Corridor’s web site. ‘Peeking by means of the bars on the uncared for blooms and tangled vines, a narrative started to type – of a secret backyard ready to be found.’

Sadly — and virtually extremely – the unique gate that Burnett is claimed to have peeked by means of (simply as her character Mary does within the novel) was bricked up in 1910 when renovation work was carried out within the backyard by Gertrude Jekyll.

Nonetheless, its substitute nonetheless creates that visceral picture that has grow to be so well-known from the novels and subsequent movie variations, whereby guests can peer by means of the gate into the flourishing formal gardens past.

The gardens are shaped of three ‘rooms’, all of which centre round a black-iron gate, draped in Wisteria, the place a stone plaque reads ‘The Secret Backyard.’

Elsewhere are formal lawns with a central pond and woodland for ‘the curious’ to discover.

Coach Home Mews affords two/three bedrooms plus two reception rooms with a non-public courtyard and roof terrace.

The sloped roof conservatory affords loads of pure daylight, while the teal inexperienced steady doorways type an interesting juxtaposition towards the purple bricks on its exterior.

This charming property offers the chance to stay amongst arguably ‘essentially the most well-known backyard in literature’ and can little doubt be a supply of inspiration for a lot of.

‘And the key backyard bloomed and bloomed and each morning revealed new miracles.’

Coach Home Mews is presently available on the market through Savills at a information worth of £845,000 — see extra footage, or enquire with the agent for additional particulars. 

Rolvenden: What it’s essential know

Location: Within the Ashford district of Kent within the Excessive Weald Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence.

Ambiance: The gorgeous village is house to a weekly farmers’ market, a number of pubs, a village retailer and church.

Issues to do: Discover the gorgeous communal gardens and the encircling AONB. Cranbrook, Tunbridge Wells and Ashford present a spread of buying and leisure services.

Colleges: Rolvenden Main College is positioned throughout the village, while Benenden Church of England Main College and Tenterden Church of England Junior College are throughout the surrounding space. For secondary, Benenden College affords secondary training for women and and Cranbrook College can be a boarding grammar possibility.

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