Award winning Alnwick Garden at the helm of the Duchess of Kent’s estates lies only seven miles away from the hotel. One of few gardens & stately homes that hint at the colourful and innovative past of the county, Alnwick Garden truly is a wonderland for all to enjoy …
The gardens and arboretum at Howick Hall really are are a horticulturalist’s delight, with the extensive grounds offering a stunning variety of plants throughout the year. This variety was recognised by the BBC Gardener’s World Magazine when it named Howick Hall & Gardens as one of the top five coastal gardens in the country. The gardens were also rated by The Independent as one of the best ten gardens to visit during the Spring.
The garden’s year starts with Snowdrop Walks every February before the gardens are carpeted in vibrant yellow daffodils between March and May. Late spring also sees the woodland garden flourish with varieties including camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons. The more formal borders and terraces are best seen in June and the bog garden, with its unusual herbaceous plants grown from seed collected in the wild, is at its best in July, August and September. Howick Hall & Gardens is also well worth a visit in Autumn, when the fading leaves produce a spectacular display of colour across the estate.
The Alnwick Garden is an inspiring landscape with beautiful gardens, unique features – including a Treehouse and the Poison Garden – and magnificent architecture, all brought to life with water.
The Hall is an unfurnished architectural masterpiece inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, with its fabulous Pillars. Explore the great room of the ruined medieval castle and don’t miss the stunning views from the top of the tower.
The beautiful Gardens at Bide-A-Wee cottage have been crafted out of a former sandstone quarry over the last 25 years.
Discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets with most of them still working. The gardens are incredible.
THE GARDEN STATION
Originally a country railway station on a line running through the Langley woods, the beautiful garden here is a very unusual and unexpected one.
The gardens at Howick are deliberately aimed at garden lovers with the extensive grounds offering a wide variety of plants throughout the year and are open from early February until mid November.
A Plantsman Horticulturist and Garden designers Garden & Nursery, set in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside.
SEATON DELAVAL HALL
Seaton Delaval Hall is a great house set in its own estate with lovely gardens and a fine collection; yet it is also much more.