Thursday, 15 September 2016

Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens

Wyndcliffe Court is a beautiful Grade 2 listed country house and garden built in the Arts and Crafts style, commissioned in 1910, it was completed in 1922. The house was designed by Eric Francis, and the gardens by Henry Avray Tipping. Interestingly Tipping lived at High Glanau where there is still a renowned garden. The house faces south and has a long terrace running along the back of the house, a perfect suntrap where the visitor can relax with a pot of tea after trying to decide which sculptures to buy.
Sadly the present tenants, both artists who have successfully run the sculpture gardens since 2013, are opening for the last time on September 25, so there are 8 more days left to visit. It's open 11am-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. It's well worth a visit.
I was really lucky last Thursday, the weather, as you can see from the photos was spectacularly bright and sunny. The first thing you see when you walk round the back of the house, along the east terrace, is the spectacular view to the river
 And then you walk further along and see the house, it really is splendid.
 There's a sculpture park in the woodland dell with various viewpoints
 This Fatsia by Stuart Stockwell looked lovely in the dimness of the wood.
The summerhouse makes a lovely focal point whether seen from the side
 or the front with a fab Willa Ashworth sculpture just in sight
 Here's the Avenue beside the Sunken Garden
 A ceramic badger by Sarah D'Arcy
 Glass mosaic sculpture by Katie Green:
 Willa Ashworth had 3 different types of windflower on display, I liked them all and was very tempted to buy some. There were these seen below:
 these poppy seed heads and also some plain cups. They were all delightful and made a lovely sound when pushed together.
 Below this structure by Belinda Coyne was also stunning
 Jenny Cole also had a lovely selection of flowers
 and poppy seed heads in different sizes:
 and among anenomes:

The summerhouse makes a perfect setting for another sculpture in Portland stone, this time by Nicola Axe
 Here's the pond in the sunken garden:
 Sculpture below by Colleen du Pon
 The house isn't open, but you can go into the Gallery, and the tea room on the ground floor. Here's part of the ceiling:
 It's a beautiful place to visit, but you need to hurry to get there before 25 September.

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