South East - Trip 2
The day starts at Antony House (as featured in Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland Film)– a stately home and gardens still in the possession of the Carew Pole family. The house itself has an outstanding collection of portraits, period furniture, textiles and much more. The gardens house topiary, modern sculpture and the National Collection of daylilies (with over 600 varieties).
We will move on to a little gem – a 4 acre domestic garden called Ken-Caro – named after the garden’s two creators, Ken and Caroline Willcocks. This has two lily ponds, a secret garden and a collection of aviaries.
This will take us nicely to lunchtime which we will take in a country pub before moving on to the afternoon’s surprise – the monkey sanctuary. The sanctuary sits in carefully managed grounds – a wildlife garden, a Victorian garden, spring and summer wildflower meadows and a forest garden which grows food for the monkeys. The house and garden have numerous displays on plants, ecology and wildlife conservation. There is also a bat cave.