The Garden – and beyond

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The entrance to Lower Buckton is at the rear of the house and guests arrive into the old courtyard of the farm with its traditional range of buildings and barns.  There’s plenty of parking and a level, gravelled pathway around the side of the house leading to the east lawn off which is the front door to the house.

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The east lawn also leads onto the south side of the house where are another lawned area and paved terrace with large garden table and chairs, cushioned steamer chairs and pretty metal garden tables and chairs.  The borders are pretty wild with traditional country garden flowers, herbs, shrubs and fruit trees.  The flagged steps lead down the lower lawn and mill stream which is sometimes flooded to form a natural bathing pool.  The old seventeenth century mill is seen from here with its recently restored nineteenth century cast-iron wheel and wooden floats.  The Oak Bridge, made from one slice of trunk from a tree off the local Stokesay Court estate curves across the stream into the kitchen garden, croquet lawn and paddocks.  There’s a gate onto the lane which leads down the river Teme from where there’s a riverside walk to Leintwardine.  The horses’ paddocks are unsprayed and a mass of seasonal wild-flowers and grasses, full of butterflies, bees and insects.  The traditional hedges have blackthorn, hawthorn, holly, field maple, hazel, willow and apple.  Here also is the Millstream Camp……

THE MILLSTREAM CAMP – Canopy and Stars!

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The Nut Walk

From the east lawn, the Nut Walk  leads down to the Oak Bridge and over into the Millstream Camp.  Here are the Shepherd’s Hut and Tipi – perfect for away-from-it-all camping holidays – back to nature, quirky and with life in the great outdoors!  The hut sleeps two guests and has a five foot wide by six foot long double bed.  Gorgeous bedding as you’d expect at Lower Buckton, feather-down pillows and a king-sized “Baavet” stuffed with Welsh sheep’s wool: so appropriate and so cosy!  There’s a cute wood-burning stove for heating and one-pot cooking and all the pots, pans, plates and cutlery required for open-hearth cooking in the fire-pit outside.  Lounge around, listen to the birds and the sounds from the babbling brook.  IMG_6540There’s an old-fashioned composting loo complete with newspaper squares hanging off a nail but you’ll find some “soft” as well!  Fill the original antique cast-iron bath with water, heat it by a stick-fire beneath and when the desired temperature is reached and the smoke and flames have died down, submerge yourself in the warm water, glass of wine in hand, surrounded by candles and watch the swallows and swifts dip, stars emerging and listen the night sounds of owls hooting.  Outdoor bathing with super views, super fun and super different!
The Millstream Camp is for couples – please book through Alastair Sawday’s Canopy and Stars http://www.canopyandstars.co.uk/find-a-place/lower-buckton/millstream-camp
To book The Millstream Camp with the whole of Lower Buckton for a House Party – contact: carolyn@lowerbuckton.co.uk

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