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For thirty years this house, granary and garden has been one man's labour of love – and now it's up for sale

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View of the house with Salvia curviflora in foreground
After a 30-year labour of love, a gifted gardener is selling up and moving on to pastures new. Credit: Tessa Musgrave

I visit quite a few gardens for work and for fun, and I’m often surprised, occasionally pleased but rarely astounded by their beauty. But a few weekends ago a friend suggested a garden near Ramsgate that was opening for the National Garden Scheme, so clutching our yellow books we sped off to Kent’s eastern extremity, to a spot modestly described as “an arts and crafts-style garden within flint and brick walls with orchard and vegetable garden. Teas served from granary by horse pond.” Oh, and with a 13th-century chapel attached.

We found a stunningly atmospheric garden set in undulating farmland with the sea to both sides – a sheltered, frost-free pocket. The various rooms surrounding a jewel...

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