The surroundings were splendid
Ed Bezoojen, Regional Marketing Manager
and the location overwhelming.
Citrix Systems, Benelux
The gardens are beautiful and it is our intention that they should be even more so. They surround the House and we have tried to provide colour and all-year-round interest. In the spring when the ground is covered in yellow daffodils, there is an annual open day in aid of Scotland's Garden Scheme. This event has been running at Winton for over 50 years.
Garden lovers may be interested in the history which goes back to the 17th century. We think that there was then a walled garden on the north side. Some of the walls were altered long ago to allow an inner wall to be heated for growing exotic fruit trees and other plants. There is a central feature with an ornamental Celtic knot-shaped rose garden with herbaceous borders on either side of a path. The other main design, a Scottish Thistle, includes this central feature and links with the walls on either side.
There is a terrace on the west side inspired by the work of Osgood MacKenzie of Inverewe in Wester Ross. On the south side are three terraces between the House and the new Sir David's Loch. An additional terrace is above these and also on the eastern side known as the Peacock Terrace. The name comes from the emblem of the Manners Family and the Dukes of Rutland whose links with Winton come through Constance Nisbet Hamilton.
Woodland gardens and wild flower gardens link the formal grounds of Winton House with the surrounding Estate, including Pencaitland Village to the south-east and the lodges on the north and south sides. Many of the Winton Woodlands are managed for access and a network of Winton walks has been created for the benefit of walkers.
Click here for a map of the grounds.