The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Elton Hall Gardens

The house dates from the 15th century and the medieval tower and embellished chapel still survive. During the 17th century, a Restoration house was built and throughout succeeding centuries this house has been enlarged, gothicised and now partly returned to a classical style. During the late 18th century, the park and surrounding woodland were extended and provide a romantic backdrop to the house.

The gardens were remodelled at the end of the 19th century and again just before the 1st World War. During the last thirty years, they have been stunningly restored. The present layout is based on the Edwardian design of paths and lawns. Immaculately kept hedges of hornbeam and yew encompass four different areas, including the enchanting sunken lily pond surrounded with beds containing a number of specimen plants. The Edwardian rose garden has been transformed into a well planted herbaceous garden with a wisteria walk and new fountain by Giles Rayner. The Millennium was celebrated by building an Orangery which is set in a Mediterranean garden with orange and lemon trees. A small shrubbery area, with such gems as Paulownia Tomentosa, leads the visitor back into the Box Walk to enjoy another view of the house.

Fact File

Opening Times: 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm: Last May Bank Holiday, Sunday and Monday. Wednesdays and Thursdays in June and July. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in August and August Bank Holiday Monday. Private parties by appointment May- Mid Sept
Admission Rates: Public Opening: House and Garden: Adults £9.50 Garden only: Adults £7.50
Private Groups: Minimum group size: 20 House and Garden: Ring/email for details
Facilities: Shop, plant sales, restaurant, teas, toilets
Disabled Access: Yes to garden only
Car Parking on site: Yes
Coach Parking: Yes
Tours/Events: Free flow or guided tours available.
Length of Visit: At least 1 hour for the garden depending on the level of plant interest and 1 hour for the house
Booking Contact: Catherine Lockwood, Elton Hall, Near Peterborough, Cambs PE8 6SH
Booking Telephone No: 01832 280468
Location: Elton Hall is located just off the A605, between Peterborough and Oundle: 3 miles from the A1

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