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The park of about five acres is one of the great delights of the chateau. There are many magnificent mature trees including cedars, limes, oaks and a sequoia which were probably planted towards the end of the eighteenth century, but which had been rather neglected for some years when we came to the house in 1990. There are now about 200 roses and many other flowering plants including magnolias, camellias, viburnum, hydrangeas, wisteria, honeysuckle and clematis. Some are quite unusual and will be of interest to keen gardeners. The park is at its most beautiful in May and June, when the roses are at their very best, but there is plenty to enjoy all the year round.

At the rear of the house is a terrace which gets early morning sun but has some shade by lunch-time. It is a lovely place to sit on a balmy evening to watch the setting sun play on the hillside opposite. There are wooden tables, chairs and benches on the terrace and there are also several plastic tables and chairs which can easily be moved around so that you can eat or sit anywhere else in the park that takes your fancy.

The swimming pool is in the park, separated from the house and terrace by a rose-covered pergola. It is fully fenced with child-proof locks.

The park is a haven for wild life. In particular, there are red squirrels and masses of butterflies. We do also have quite a lot of wild bees which have nested in the walls of the chateau ever since we bought it we found honey dripping down the brickwork! A friend of ours, Dr Ed Barnes describes our park as 'a bird watcher's paradise'. During three days in June 2013 he identified 30 different species within the park or its immediate surroundings.

A small river borders the park on two sides but this is sufficiently remote and protected by vegetation to be inaccessible to small children. At one end of the house there exists the remains of a moat (fully fenced). - with fish, dragonflies, frogs and the occasional duck or heron. There is also a pretty pigeonnier.

© Chateau St Martin, 2010 Site by: Wizbit