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Serles House

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Last Visited: 2010

The Sunken Garden

The Sunken Garden

Please note that following the death of its owner, Serles House is no longer open to the public.

Back in 2010 I wrote: Originally billed as The Secret Garden, Serles House may no longer be a secret, but is still deserves to be better known.

Unusually for the National Gardens Scheme, you not only get to see the garden but also the interior of the house. Both are the creation of the owner, Ian Willis, a mildly eccentric Interior Designer.

Yorick Fireplace

Yorick Fireplace

From the street, Serles House is a large smart, but otherwise unremarkable, Victorian semi-detached house.

Step inside, however and youʼre back in Willisʼs lovingly re-created (and, where necessary, re-interpreted) Victorian interior, complete with many fixtures and fittings from the period.

However, it only once you have been through the house and step out into the garden that the magic really begins. Part garden, part museum, part sculpture park, all blended together with the eye of a master. An amazing achievement.