Darren Venables

Estate Manager

Following in his great-grandfathers footsteps, Estate Manager Darren Venables’ immense love of gardening brought him to Chewton Glen in 1989 as an apprentice gardener. Leaving two years later to complete a national diploma in decorative horticulture, he returned in 1992 and became head gardener in 1997 and Estate Manager in 2015.

With an estate of 130 acres and a vast variety of projects, from the immaculate Croquet Lawn to shaded woodland walks and the hugely productive kitchen garden and nursery to floral displays and window boxes, Darren and his team have created an environment that is enjoyed by guests and visitors to the hotel and stays true to the ethos of the hotel in its constant quest for perfection. One of Darren’s most recent projects is the creation of a heritage orchard to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Chewton Glen and the creation of a kitchen garden for the new cookery school.