Gardener’s cottage is a dog-friendly cottage retreat, set in the magnificent grounds of Netherby Hall in Carlisle, with views directly into the Walled Garden. Like all the accommodation available at Netherby Hall, Gardeners Cottage is furnished to an exceptionally high standard.
The sitting room and kitchen both benefit from windows looking directly into our lovingly restored walled garden.
Jamie Sessford returned to his native Cumbria after more than 10 years working in other professional, historic and botanic, public and private Gardens. Hailing from Border Reiver ancestry, he feels at home as custodian to these Debatable Lands.
A Jack-Of-All-Trades, Jamie has worked alongside some of the modern plant-hunters, infamous Garden Designer Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd and received excellent mentorship throughout his time in gardens such as the Savill & Valley, Crathes Castle and the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Jamie is equally comfortable propagating plants in the glasshouses as he is fixing the garden tractors.
The new glasshouses are Victorian replicas, but with biomass heating linked to an electronic climate control system, with heated beds and benches for the all year- round production of micro veg and other salad crops. Other produce that requires warmth, such as tomatoes, aubergines and peppers are grown in season. Grape vines are to be trained underneath the glasshouse roof and peaches, apricots and nectarines are being espaliered against the walls.
Varieties of fruit and vegetables are chosen to suit menus which change throughout the year, giving a genuine reflection of the changing seasons. The garden is managed using natural techniques with organic fertilizers and pest control based on minimal pesticide use, employing rotational cropping as an essential practice.