A Force of Nature

EXPLORE

Explore Killyon Manor. Ramble around this page in deep nature, follow the river, wander the woodland, scrump in the orchard...and lose yourself in a crumbly old Big House.

 

Explore

Ramble around this page in deep nature, follow the river, wander the woodland, scrump in the orchard...and lose yourself in a crumbly old Big House.

 Photo: Fellipe Lopes

Photo: Fellipe Lopes

 

 

(leaving it to) NATURE

 

 Nothing does nature better than Nature, so besides tree-planting and path-making, we've put Her foot firmly on the pedal, and are  trying to let it all be. This kind of Wilding is harder than you think - Man has a natural impulse to interfere, control and "improve" things, but letting natural processes take their course is where the magic begins. Look at what we're not doing around the land, and maybe find some inspiration for your own gardens where you can make space for Nature too. 

 

riverine WOODLANDS

We've inherited some magical old woodland and planted some new native oak forests too, which follow the river's course; their galloping progress in this rich land and the steady increase of bio-diversity under its canopies has helped the earth come alive again.  Planting trees is an act of faith, rewarded daily by watching them grow and be our silent, steady sentinels as we move into the future. 

wildflower Meadows

Three years ago we just decided to take the livestock off the land and let the fields grow.  Within weeks we were surrounded by living, breathing meadows which have filled, and continued to fill with wildlife, herbs and flowers.  We would never have predicted how alive they came, and how much the birds, bees, wild mammals and butterflies have relished their new  pastures. We keep it completely chemical-free, cut the grass once a year to preserve the meadow, but that is all.  People tell us its the sweetest smelling hay in the district and reminds them of long lost childhoods. 

wild Gardens

The rampant, softly tended gardens of Killyon Manor, where wild flowers, herbs and grasses are interspersed with the original plantings were our original inspiration for the wilding of this place. Chemical free,  there is a Secret Garden feel here of nature, barely controlled, a rich habitat for the birds, the butterflies, the earthworms, beetles and  bees. On a soft spring day, it feels like paradise. 

rambling RUINS

These belong now more to nature than to man. In the centre of the Island Wood stands what was once... what? A forest chapel, a gamekeeper's house, a tea-house folly ? On the banks of the  River Deal , a roofless cottage with four chimneys; further along the banks on the other side, a ruined church; the walls of an old garden. Their original purpose blurred by time, these buildings leave us free to make of them what we will.

 


inside THE MANOR

Living room

The poshest room in the house (but still not too posh) with wood-burning stove and comfy sofas. 
 

Kitchen

A happy, good sized place with most mod cons for good old-fashioned country hospitality.

 

Bedrooms

Three bedrooms are generally available here, all equally quirky . More boho than baroque, guaranteed chintz free. 

hall

For small drinks receptions or large dinners, with banquet table and  recycled chandelier.
 

Ballroom

A glorious 1100 square feet of wooden dance floor and faded-glory event space, flooded with light from 936 panes of glass.

 

Cinema

Roland's Cinema D'Amour. Projector and movie screen, with twelve old school velvet movie seats. Popcorn optional. 

library

An intimate space, surrounded by the family clutter of ages and shelves and shelves of books.
 

PIGEON HOUSE

Fondly known as the Shift Shack by our festival goers - this quaint, crumbly old secret space opens onto the herb garden. 
 

Ballroom Yard

Behind these tall walls is a basic indoor/outdoor space, with three public loos, shower and a smoking yard.