The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Stonyford Cottage Gardens

The gardens were created from a wetland area around a tranquil pool in a sheltered valley on the edge of Delamere Forest.

This is an informal garden where shade and moisture loving plants, including Primulas, Astilbes and Hostas grow amongst natural wooded areas. Paths lead the visitor over bridges, to an unusual island where groups of Alder and Willow grow through the water, reminiscent of “the everglades”. At the poolside, trees include the Swamp Cypress and the Dawn Redwood.

The beautiful views across the pool to the cottage gardens lead the eye over waterside Iris, giant marsh Marigolds and borders of summer flowering perennials, set around some rarer trees and shrubs.

Many of the plants featured in the gardens are grown on site at our nursery, which has a good range of interesting perennials and exotic plants. Our Tearoom serves lunches, Cakes Cream teas and (Special Afternoon Teas. - Advance booking required)

Fact File

Opening Times: 10.00am-5.00pm Tuesday–Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays. 1st March - 31st October (Group visits also welcome any day or evening and Mondays by appointment)
Admission Rates: Adults £4.00, Senior Citizens £4.00, Children free.
Garden Season pass £7.00 (March-October)
Group Rates: Minimum Group size 8, includes guided tour lasting about 45 minutes to 1 Hour
Group tour: Adults and Senior Citizens £5.00, Children free.
Group tour incl. cream teas: £9.00, Lunch from £6.00.
Facilities: Tearoom serving light refreshments, lunches. Afternoon Tea.
Disabled Access: Most areas accessible some steps and gravel paths.
Toilets on site: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on level of plant interest.
Special Events: Two Plant Fairs, Bank Holiday Monday 29th May, and Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017. 10am-4pm. Lunches available.
National Garden Scheme (NGS) Charity Event, Sunday
14th May and Sunday 30th July 2017 from 11.30am - 4.30pm. Lunches, Cream Teas, Home made cakes.
Outdoor Theatre by Folksy Theatre Co. Performing 'A Children’s Musical' - on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd. Starts 6.30pm.. ‘The Twelfth Night’ on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th August 2017. Starts 7pm ( Tickets available online or at the Nursery)
Willow Weaving & Stone Sculpture Workshops - held throughout the year. (See website for dates)
Booking Contact: Carole Overland, Stonyford Cottage, Stonyford Lane, Oakmere, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2TF
Booking Tel No: 01606 888970 (answerphone)
Location: From Northwich take the A556 towards Chester, 3/4 mile past A556/A49 junction, follow the brown signs on A556.

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