The Gardens at Boath House Hotel
After renovating the house, attention was turned to the mammoth task of landscaping the 20 acres of gardens at Boath House. The Mathesons were fortunate in that there were some wonderful existing specimen trees.
Boath House gardens have now been lovingly restored to create additional areas for guests to enjoy, with walkways through the woods and wild flower meadow.
The 20 acres of lawns, woodland and streams are also home to swans, wild geese and ducks and various types of Scottish native birdlife
Bee hives and pet bantam hens can be seen in the walled garden along with an orchard, vegetable pottager, greenhouse and new herbaceous borders. The Garden Design studio run by Wendy Matheson is situated next to the glasshouse.
The 2 acre ornamental lake is now stocked with brown and rainbow trout. On a summer evening you can see fish rising to take the nymphets hatching from the many specimen trees surrounding it. A bog garden has been designed which has produced large amounts of pond life including newts, frogs, toads and dragonflies.
The walled garden was in serious disrepair with crumbling walls and collapsing outhouses. All trees, shrubs and paths had been cleared and it was in fact just an overgrown enclosed field. The Garden History Society in Scotland were consulted and provided a wealth of information and historical data. Initially the entire area was cleared and the process of repairing the walls begun. Over a number of years the pathways and orchard were reinstated, the greenhouse rebuilt and vast amounts of planting (mainly from seed and propagation) implemented. Currently some ten thousand seeds are sewn in succession for use in the kitchen, the herb garden and for cut flowers in the House.
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The orchard is now well established and the final piece of available space has been set aside to plant specimen vines in order that guests are able to see some of the grape varieties available on our wine list.
Well-kept paths tempt you to explore secluded seating areas or sunny terraces, where you can enjoy a glass of wine or a morning coffee. The Victorian walled garden has also been re-established with a new greenhouse and polytunnel providing the freshest organically grown vegetables and herbs for the kitchen over the summer and autumn months.
Whether you are taking an after-dinner stroll or fancy a game of croquet on the lawn, make sure you explore the gardens at Boath House through Scotland’s changing seasons.