Gardens

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Gardens are the ideal places to amble amongst beautiful flowerbeds and lawn, rest your feet on a bench or enjoy a picnic.

Delapré Gardens

The Abbey is set within the remains of the formal and semi-formal gardens which were once the pride and joy of the Tate and Bouverie families.

There’s a large walled garden, superb specimen trees in the understated arboretum, the hidden remains of a splendid water garden and the south lawn which stretches out to the ha-ha which separates the lawn from the 500 acres of the wider parkland and the golf course beyond.

Abbey Cottage, Delapré Abbey, London Road, Northampton, NN4 8AW

01604 760817
Delapre Gardens

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The Old Rectory Gardens

Reflecting its Georgian heritage, the gardens complement the elegance of The Old Rectory itself and have been developed over many years by each of its owners. Included within the gardens are a pretty walled Potager, designed by Rosemary Verey, full of formal symmetry and bursting with seasonal vegetables, flowers and fruit. This leads on to a Twisted Hazel Spring Garden, where water gently flows over an old copper bowl. Framing the main lawn are 3 deep borders and a gravel garden, each bursting with some rare and unusual shrubs, plus a variety of annuals for colour across the seasons. 

Elton Hall

The gardens provide a stunning backdrop to the house. Prints displayed in the house show how Sir Thomas Proby first laid out his garden in the 1670’s and how it developed during the 18th century. During the 19th century the family really gardened in Ireland and Elton was left with a small shrubbery, some topiary and the parkland you see today.

The present gardens are based on a design made in 1911 by A.H. Hallam Murray, father-in-law to Sir Richard Proby (d.1979). They have been completely revitalised over the last 35 years. Extensive hedging and topiary create different areas and structure throughout the year.

Elton Hall, Nr. Peterborough, PE8 6SH

01832 280468
Elton Hall

Castle Ashby Gardens

Wander through its gardens, open 365 days of the year, and you are taking a walk through history. Set in the heart of a 10,000-acre estate, the 35 acres of extensive gardens are a combination of several styles including the romantic Italian Gardens, the unique Orangery and impressive Arboretum.

Please head for Castle Ashby Village and then follow the brown “Castle Ashby Gardens / Walled Garden Tea room” signs.


01604 422180
Castle Ashby Gardens

Lyveden

Set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire, Lyveden is a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age. Begun by Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise his Catholic faith, Lyveden remains incomplete and virtually unaltered since work stopped on his death in 1605.

There are tranquil moats, viewing terraces and an Elizabethan orchard to explore, as well as an enigmatic garden lodge covered in religious symbols. The full extent of Sir Thomas’s symbolic design remains unexplained to this day.

near Oundle, Northamptonshire, PE8 5AT

01832205158
Lyveden

Ancestral Garden – Stanwick Lakes

The Settlers of the Nene Valley project aims to explore, re-create and celebrate the lives of the Neolithic, Bronze & Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and Medieval Settlers on the Stanwick Lakes site over the past 5,000 years and share this with the local communities.

As part of this project, the ancestral garden complements the ancestral barn and Iron Age Roundhouse. We are researching, with the help of historical gardener Michael Brown and members of the Northamptonshire Garden Trust, what the Settlers would have grown and how the produce would have been used for food, dyeing and medicinal purposes.

Rockingham Forest Trust, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, NN9 6GY

01933 625522
Stanwick Lakes

The Prebendal Manor

Some years ago the gardens were  established to represent both the practical and decorative features that could be found in a high status garden between the 13th and 15th centuries. Alan Titchmarsh described the gardens as a “stunning example of a recreated medieval garden”. In the last few years the gardens have been adapated beyond the Medieval structures and planting to provide a longer flowering season which can be enjoyed by our wedding and corporate event guests.  

The Prebendal Manor House, Nassington​, Near Peterborough, PE8 6QG

01780 782575
Prebendal Manor