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.

New for 2018 - Island created within the pool - planted with Hardy Orchids and wetland plants. 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 to Saturday & Bank Holiday Mondays. 1st March - 31st October 2018. (Open on Sundays for Special Events - see website.) 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 (1st March to 31st October)
Group Rates/Tours: Minimum Group size 8, includes guided tour lasting about 45 minutes to 1 Hour. Adults and Senior Citizens £5.00, Children Free. Group tour including Cream Teas: £9.50, Lunch from £6.00. (Advance booking required)
Facilities: Tearoom serving light refreshments, lunches.
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 Mon 28th May, and Bank Holiday Mon 27th August 2018. 10am - 4pm. National Garden Scheme Charity Event, Sun 13th May and Sun 29th July 2018 from 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Outdoor Theatre by Folksy Theatre Company.
The Princess and the Giant - Tues 21st and Wed 22nd August, Starts 6.30pm.
Shakespeare's 'Love Labours Lost' on Tues 14th and Wed 15th August 2018. Starts 7.00pm
(Tickets available online at Folksy Theatre or at the Nursery).
Booking Contact: Philip Overland Stonyford Cottage, Stonyford Lane, Oakmere, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2TF
Booking Tel No: 01606 888970
Location: From Northwich take the A556 towards Chester, 3/4 mile past A556/A49 junction, follow the brown signs on A556.

Updated: 05/12/2017

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