Anglesey Abbey, a National Trust property near Cambridge, although in parts almost nine hundred years old is in its present form the creation of its more recent owners from the sixteenth century onwards, culminating in the work of the 1st Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966) a grandson of one of the founders of what is now the Exxon oil company. It is well worth a visit on at least three counts: the house, the gardens and the watermill. At this time of year for me the garden Winter Walk is the highlight. It starts well, and gets even better.
Whether looking at the taller shrubs or the low-lying beds the array of colours is amazing.
Continuing our walk we come to a hedge ablaze.
And still there’s more variety:
Photographs can scarcely do it justice. This splendid winter garden deserves a visit, The walk can take anything from twenty minutes to a hour depending on how many times you stop to admire the plants.
At the End of the Winter Garden Walk
… and at the end is the restored and working working watermill, Lode Mill, at which to spend at least another half hour to learn about its history and that of flour milling – and even to buy some of their own produced flour.
If you’re visiting Cambridge don’t restrict yourself to the impressive buildings, the ancient colleges, old churches and museums of Cambridge itself. Explore other parts of Cambridgeshire, and don’t miss Anglesey Abbey. It’s a very special place: garden, house and watermill … and more! It’s a National Trust property; so why not buy a National Trust Membership now and get free access to all their properties around the country.