Houses & gardens

NameLocation – DistanceType Of EstablishmentDescription
Castle HowardMalton area 3 milesHouse & GardensStill a family home, Castle Howard has all sorts to offer. You can look round the house and gardens, relax in one of the four cafes, buy from the farm shop or the gift shop. Various event are held at Castle Howard from March to November. Between March & November you can wander the trails and avenues admiring the rare trees and wildflowers (including orchids), stopping for a picnic along the way. www.castlehoward.co.uk
Nunnington HallNunnington 8 milesHouse & Walled GardenA beautiful house with loads of period features. It has a wonderful collection of miniature houses with intricate pieces of furniture. Why not combine your visit with one of the exhibitions held at the Hall. To find out more click on the link www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Sledmere House & GardensDriffield 30 milesHouse & GardensOne of the Wolds best kept secrets it provides a fascinating day out for all the family. As well as the 18th century walled gardens there is special events throughout the year, guided tours, parkland walks, a plant stall, exhibitions, a military museum, a gift shop, cafe and children’s play area. Opening times vary through April to September, better to check the website at www.sledmerehouse.com
Sutton ParkSutton on the Forest 17 milesHouse & GardensA charming house built in 1730. It contains 18th century furniture, paintings from Buckingham Palace and an important collection of porcelain. The gardens attract visitors from home and abroad and won ‘Yorkshire in Bloom 2006’. It contains a Pond Garden, Edwardian Fernery, Georgian Ice house, Woodland Walk & Children’s Adventure Playground. Opening times are April through September. More information can be found on www.statelyhome.co.uk
Wolds Way LavenderWintringham 12 milesLavender & Herb Farm/DistilleryLoads of recommendations for this place. Entry is free and unlike another local Lavender attraction there is much to see and do. They make their own produce and sell it in the gift & cosmetics shop. The tea room is also recommended. There is a working essential oils distillery , Herb planters and of course loads of lavender. Lavender is laid out in beautiful display gardens & there is a narrow gauge railway to ride. The Distillery operates only one week in the year (about October) but there is a presentation to tell you how it works. For more information see www.woldswaylavender.co.uk
Duncombe ParkHelmsley 14 milesHouse, Temples & Woodland ParkLord & Lady Feversham’s ancestral home dates from 1713 and is surrounded by 35 acres of 18th century woodland with way marked trails and orienteering. Open May to October. For more information see www.duncombepark.com
Scampston Hall & Walled GardenMalton 2 milesHouse, Walled Garden & EventsAs well as being able to view the house and gardens there are many events/courses at Scampston of interest to a wide variety of people from April through to October. To name a few; children’s cookery day, casino evening in the restaurant, organic food & wine, gourmet burgundy & watercolour painting in the garden. For full list see www.scampston.co.uk
Newby Hall & Gardens Hall, Gardens & EventsAgain, you can walk round the hall & gardens as well as attending some premium and prestigious events. You will need to pre-book to ensure availability. Further information on www.newbyhall.com
Wytherstone GardensHemlsley 14 milesGardensWith a Conservatory garden, South Facing garden, Sunken garden,Mediterranean garden, Arboretum and Spring garden there are a lot of different plants to see. The garden is classified as Yorkshire’s ‘friendly plants man’s’ garden.
The River GardensSleights 32 milesGardens & RiverGardens with a difference, Victorian Tea Gardens along the banks of the river Esk. Perry’s Plants is a family run nursery that has introduced several plants into cultivation nationwide. www.perrysplants.co.uk
Helmsley Walled GardenHemlsley 14 milesGardensDescribed as a “magical hidden garden”, it is said to have five acres of a surprise around every corner. The garden contains flowers, vegetable, herbs and over 70 varieties of Heritage apples. www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk