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Saturday, December 5, 2020

The Bath House Garden open for all

Sue and Ben Bath enjoy pottering around in the garden, the difference is, theirs is unlike any other.

What started as a hobby, in time, developed into a business – and now The Bath House Garden is one of the Hunter’s premier wedding destinations.

“We have always had gardens around every house we’ve had, but when our children got older, the garden obsession started and we expanded our garden by growing into a paddock,” Ms Bath told the Newcastle Weekly.

That’s when heads started turning, with locals driving by to see if they could sneak a peek inside the developing oasis.

“We started to get interest from gardening groups and charity days, and realised we loved sharing our garden and it’s evolved from that.”

The English country style garden is inspired by the couple’s travels in Europe and France, featuring hedges, stone walls, lavender, roses and water features.

It’s hard to believe the entire four acre property is solely managed by the duo.

But they do have a little help with lawn maintenance, thanks to a miniature cow called Ember.

Born in the bushfire season last year, Ember arrived unexpectedly when the Baths bought her mother, who, unbeknown to them, was carrying the calf.

The property now offers garden tours and is proving exceptionally popular with gardening clubs.

So much so, they had to build ‘The Garden Room’ for morning and afternoon teas.

“We get caterers in and we do a tour of the garden and tell them a few personal stories on how the garden came together,” Ms Bath said.

Now, the garden is also making a name for itself on the wedding scene.

“It’s for people who are looking for more of a boutique place, that’s a bit different and very private with a personal feel,” Ms Bath said.

“When they book here they get to use all of the gardens, it’s exclusive and private, and we stay well out of the way.”

For those wanting to experience the property, The Bath House Garden is open once a month to the public.

 “It’s an opportunity for us to meet people who drive by, who we wave to over the fence,” she said.

“People get ideas and inspiration, because our garden flows around our house, it’s broken up into pieces so there’s lots of small gardens to get good ideas from.”

Open day dates are published on the property’s website and entry is $10 per person.