Our gardens extend to 4 ½ acres and slope to the lake, a feature which helpfully naturally blankets noise from outside the hotel grounds, making them a quiet and serene place to be.
They were planned and laid out in the 1890’s by Thomas Henry Mawson, a landscape gardener of international distinction who was also responsible for the Palace of Peace Gardens in the Hague.
The gardens retain many original features and plantings. The stone balustrade which encircles the upper terraces is particularly attractive and the stone steps from the main lawn show very fine workmanship. At the far end of the gardens the original stone bridge spans the small beck which runs through the grounds. At the heart of the garden lies the Langdale Chase Oak, which is believed to be more than 350 years old.
We are incredibly excited to build on those original designs and are working with the internationally recognised garden designer and lecturer Annie Guilfoyle to help us to embark on a multi season project to reimagine Mawson’s masterpiece.
Annie has a vision to create a series of rooms within the garden for guests to enjoy, areas to explore, linger, discover. All of which will be overseen and curated by our Head Gardener, Claire Farrington; she can be found keeping things spick and span out in the garden and is on hand to answer questions about plantings or on request to give garden tours.
Phase One of the garden development is due for completion in October 2023. Phase Two of the project will see a further series of plantings and sculptural designs planned for Spring 2024.