Silverstone Farm, East Dereham, Norfolk
House and garden of George Carter ‘one of 10 best garden designers in Britain’ Sunday Times. Visitors see ground floor of 1920s neo-Georgian farmhouse, library in barn (part of 1830s farmyard complex) and elegant formal gardens in 2 acres, all accompanied by the owner. Subject of two TV programmes, many books and magazine features. The farmhouse interiors featured in World of Interiors (May 2004) and Country Life (June 2006) Furniture in a classical style designed by the owner is mixed with items from the 18th and early 19th century. ‘…his work represents a continuing interpretation of the classical tradition that is carried on within the house, in his collection, and in the furniture he has designed for it.’ (Country Life).
Gardens created since 1990 are influenced by Dutch and English formal gardens of the 17th and early 18th century. The gardens use plant material that would have been used in the 17th century and include unusual evergreens that were favoured topiary subjects of the period. Described in Gardens Illustrated (Nov 2011).
Barn: A complete farm complex of 1835, partly converted as a library and large entertaining room. The modern pared-down classicism of this interior is described and illustrated in House & Garden (January 2009). Books by the owner are for sale.
A formal or all green garden incorporating a series of hedged rooms of various character. Tour guided by owner. Ground floor of house shown with various collections including garden views of the 17th and 18th centuries. Barn includes library and large entertaining room.
We wandered around on a warm afternoon the tour being conducted by George Carter himself, very self effacing and charming, moving from room to room, surprise to surprise… what a lovely way to spend an afternoon...
From the B1145 travelling east turn off at the entrance to the village of Brisley left on Gateley Road (this is the smallest road at a multiple junction with the first left being to Horningtoft). Continue on Gateley Road through Brisley Common and after about 1 mile take the first left signposted Gateley.
Silverstone Farm is the first farm track on the left after this turning. There are green spiked gateposts on the front drive but take the second wider farm track and park on grass behind the large barn.
Tea, cake, scones.
Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Barn accessible, garden accessible, house not really wheelchair accessible.