A late medieval manor house with Stuart and Georgian additions. Owned by the Graham family since 1624 (except between 1862 and 1882).
367 years of occupation by the same family have given it a notably friendly atmosphere, which many visitors have remarked on. The exterior has distinctive Dutch-style gables and the interior contains fine 18th century plaster ceilings in the principal rooms. Good furniture, and accumulated family pictures, especially portraits and a famous John Ferneley hunting group, 'The Quorn Hunt in 1822'. Visited by Charles 1 in 1633, James II and his wife in 1679 (the room and the bed they traditionally used are still on display), and Charlotte Bront๋ in 1839. The legend of a mad woman confined in the attics in the previous century is said to have given her the idea for the mad Mrs Rochester in 'Jane Eyre', and the house is an original of 'Thornfield Hall'; the discovery in 2004 of a blocked staircase connecting the first floor to the attics and clearly mentioned in the novel, aroused world-wide interest.
The garden is five minutes' walk from the house. Laid out in the mid 18th century, it retains the essentials of its original design, together with sympathetic replanting in the English style. Two paths meet at the central feature, an Orangery (open to visitors) with a small ornamental pond before it. The main approach to this attractive building is flanked by herbaceous borders and high yew hedges. There is a fine view from its front windows of the garden's main gate and the park beyond. There are also borders of gold and silver plants, of old-fashioned peonies, and of irises. What visitors most frequently comment on is the tranquil atmosphere. A small sales area specialises in unusual hardy plants. Pick-your-own fruit is available in season.
2012 The garden is open on:
All Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays from 6th May - 27th August
May: Every Monday
June: Every Sunday and Monday - also Friday 29th and Saturday 30th
July: Every Sunday and Monday - also Saturday 7th
August: Sunday 5th and Monday 6th
Admission times: 2 to 5 pm. Last admissions 4.40 pm.
Admission is free (donations are welcome) except at charity openings.
These take place on most Sundays from June to mid-August. Teas are usually available.
Current Charity List:
Sunday, 17th June National Gardens Scheme
Sunday, 24th June Ripon Museum Trust
Sunday, 5th August Amnesty International
Garden is also open most Mondays and Saturdays during 2012
10:00am - 4:00pm. Please ring ahead to avoid disappointment.
At all openings, unusual hardy plants and cut flowers and PYO fruit in season are on sale
The House will unfortunately still be closed for essential structural repairs except for pre-booked groups.
To view work in progress, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission free except at charity openings - donations are welcome. Charges for groups to the garden are by arrangement (min. 10, max 60).
These take place on most Sundays from June to mid-August. An entrance charge is made and teas are available. Please ring for details.
The main path is gravelled and runs up a slight slope. The rest of the garden is suitable for disabled access.
Dogs must be on a lead in the garden and the grounds.
Tel: 01765 640333