The garden surrounding this honey-gold, castellated house is composed from a variety of elements – colour-themed gardens, luxuriant herbaceous borders, a serpentine walk, bog and lakeside garden, wild garden, orchard and nuttery – that combine to display a versatility of moods and styles and yet compose an integrated design. The Gresgarth Hall garden is the vision of Arabella Lennox-Boyd, who moved here with her husband Sir Mark in 1978 when he became an MP. Italian-born and brought up in Rome, Lady Lennox-Boyd brought with her an Italian sense of formality and theatre, and combined it with the English romantic style of soft colours and understatement. Throughout the garden is a mix of classical and modern statuary. The house is at the head of a small valley with a river running through it and is surrounded on three sides by hills covered by majestic oaks and beech, among other types of tree. The Artle Beck, a tributary of the Lune, defines one border of the garden, and trees merge into the distant parkland beyond.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 14 Feb; 13 Mar & 13 Nov, 11-3; 10 Apr; 8 May; 12 Jun; 10 Jul; 14 Aug; 11 Sep; 9 Oct, 11-5
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About the area
Lancashire was at the centre of the British cotton industry in the 19th century, which lead to the urbanization of great tracts of the area. The cotton boom came and went, but the industrial profile remains. Lancashire’s resorts, Blackpool, Southport and Morecambe Bay, were originally developed to meet the leisure needs of the cotton mill town workers. Blackpool is the biggest and brashest, celebrated for it tower, miles of promenade, and the coloured light ‘illuminations’. Amusements are taken very seriously here, day and night, and visitors can be entertained in a thousand different ways.
The former county town, Lancaster, boasts one of the younger English universities, dating from 1964. Other towns built up to accommodate the mill-workers with back-to-back terraced houses, are Burnley, Blackburn, Rochdale and Accrington. To get out of town, you can head for the Pennines, the ‘backbone of England’, a series of hills stretching from the Peak District National Park to the Scottish borders. To the north of the country is the Forest of Bowland, which despite its name is fairly open country, high up, with great views.
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