Event No. 11: Visit to Farrs, Beaminster with Tour of the Garden, Talk in the House followed by a Cream Tea

Date(s) - 4 July, 2019
2:30 pm

This is an opportunity to visit the Grade II listed house and garden of international furniture-maker, John Makepeace OBE and his horticulturalist wife, Jenny. The visit will include a tour of the garden and a talk in the house where there is a collection of modern ceramics, paintings, sculpture and furniture. We will hear about making furniture today, some of the woods used, and various commissions.

When John and Jenny Makepeace bought Farrs in 2001 the historic house had been in the same family since it was built in 1730. The garden is considered to be one of the finest examples of contemporary gardens. On arrival we will see the yew topiary – originally in the shape of a steam train and now coaxed into a more abstract outline. John and Jenny each have their own garden – John has designed a wonderful grass garden (containing 47 varieties of grasses), with a pool, bridge and circular stone pavilion. There are four areas of Jenny’s garden, including a potager, cleft oak fruit- cage, raised vegetable beds, a glasshouse and a straw-bale retreat. The walled two-acre garden has been re-modelled and there is an informal orchard containing a variety of fruit trees and patrolled by geese!

John has had an amazing career, having first seen fine furniture being made at the age of eleven. Early commissions from Oxford colleges and Liberty were followed by international museums, corporate and private clients. John bought Parnham House in 1976 to establish a School for Craftsmen in Wood and it is here that from 1980–1982 David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, studied furniture making. We have arranged that at the end of our visit we will enjoy a cream tea (included in the price).

Venue: Farrs, Whitcombe Rd, Beaminster DT8 3NB (parking is available either in the Square or at Yarn Barton car park – both of which are a short walk from Farrs).

Booking Essential – travel by own transport. Maximum 50 people

Cost: Members £20.00 Non-NTSDA Members £21.00

For bookings and further information please email:

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