Lincliff: Author Sue Grafton’s 1912 Kentucky Estate

An article in Garden and Gun magazine on author Sue Grafton’s 1912 Kentucky estate, Lincliff, captured my attention and had me wanting to know more about this beautiful place…

Lincliff, Sue Grafton's home

Grafton is a native Kentuckian but has lived in California for quite some time. She thought she had left Kentucky behind until her husband, Steve Humphrey, stumbled upon what was a crumbling estate begging to be saved.  Humphrey is the driving force behind the restoration of the estate doing the work himself of returning many of the garden’s elements to their original splendor.

a fountain functions once again after having been rebuilt stone by stone…

Sue Grafton's home, Lincliff

boxwood parterres are immaculately clipped…

Sue Grafton's home, Lincliff

Sue Grafton's home, Lincliff

an eight foot high maze of blue point junipers…

Sue Grafton's home, Lincliff

beautiful statuary…

Sue Grafton's home, Lincliff

Sue Grafton's home, Lincliff

Sue Grafton's home, Lincliff

Humphrey created an alee’ of European hornbeams after being inspired by a trip to St. Petersburg…

alee of European hornbeams

alee of European hornbeams

citrus being cared for in a greenhouse…

citrus in a greenhouse

another of his creations is this sculpture of stone with a different mathematical symbol in each segment…

stone sculpture with mathematical symbols

thank goodness this property evaded the planned sale and division…

Stone pillars in garden

and fell into the hands of this restoration minded duo…

garden arch with stone pillars

Concrete arch in garden

The article had me from the start but the ending clinched the deal with Grafton telling of a recent discovery about a former owner, a woman with a passion for camellias.

“She used to have these flower boxes printed with ‘Lincliff’,” Grafton says.   “If a friend was sick, she’d have her chauffeur deliver a box of her camellias.”

I just love that – especially because Grafton goes on to say – “We might have to reinstate that tradition.”

Please do!…

dog with flower basket

The article, in the February/March edition of Garden and Gun, is written by Logan Ward and all the photographs of Lincliff are by Andrew Hyslop.

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Comments

  1. What a beautiful place! I felt like I was looking at pictures of a grand estate in England. Thanks for sharing.

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      It really is beautiful and amazing that they have done the restoration themselves.