The English Garden


Merton House is only a bicycle ride away from the centre of Cambridge, but its setting in Grantchester, over the River Cam, across the Backs and beyond the Grantchester Meadows, brings a feeling of rural seclusion to the five-acre property.

The home of Jo and Francis Burkitt, Merton House came into the Burkitt family in 1928, when Francis’s grandfather, Miles, an archaeologist, moved from Cambridge to Grantchester with his wife, Peggy. Miles and Peggy were gardeners, explains Jo, describing the formal garden they laid out around the house at the time.

Before the Burkitts, the Grade II listed property, which dates to the 18th century but has Victorian additions, had

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