The house is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens that encourage residents to enjoy quiet spaces to relax. There are seats beside the rock garden and pond, in the pergola and on the veranda. The fountain and dovecotes provide soothing sounds. Pets, doves, the cat and the hens' house offer opportunities to learn to care for animals. A weekly gardening programme teaches residents skills needed to manage a garden, and the resulting fruit and vegetables provide food for the table. Residents also propagate native plants for sale.