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