A few more photos taken as we walked around the rest of Edmondsham House gardens in a fine drizzle.
The drive winds its way through tall mature trees.
Above our heads there were numerous clumps of mistletoe growing among the branches of lime trees.
A strange collection of topiarised bushes that looked as though they could come alive and start moving on a moonlit night!
The drive winding on towards the back gates of the garden. In the trees to the left was a shallow pool, half hidden in a dell shaded with weeping willows.
The Church of St Nicholas , which is the parish church for the small village of Edmonsham, is just a short walk away from the House, through an iron gate in the garden boundary fence. The church has its origins in the 12th Century. The north aisle dates from the 14th Century while the nave and the tower were built in the 15th Century. The Victorians "modernised" the church in 1862 but there is still an ancient simplicity about the building and a timeless peace inside.
The mixed stone and flint composition of the walls is similar to that of nearby Wimborne Minster.
We walked back through the gardens and passed the elegant red bricked Coach House and Stables, where the carriage horses of Edmondsham House would have lived in earlier times. The building now houses the Estate Office .
Across the boundary fence towards the rear of Edmondsham House, a vast hayfield of waving grasses stretched away towards the woods.