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Arley Northwich Cheshire England
Arley is a place of enormous character, charm and interest. Visitors are frequently struck by the warm and intimate atmosphere and the feeling that Arley is a much-cherished family home. The Gardens, which are amongst the finest in Britain, are outstanding for their vitality, variety and historical interest and are particularly celebrated for the magnificent double herbaceous border. The Hall is an impressive example of a Victorian country house built in the Elizabethan style. Visitors are also invited to enjoy a lively events programme appealing to all the family, including Arley Horse Trials and Country Fair, Arley Garden Festival, and Christmas Floral Extravaganza. The Hall: Arley Hall is one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the North West. The elaborate ceilings and oak panelling, impressive fireplaces, intricate stained glass and beautiful contents are not the only features which make Arley Hall so special. Visitors are enthralled by entering a piece of living history, which gives an intimate insight into life in the Hall and the history of a family that has cherished Arley as their home for over 550 years. The present Hall stands on the same site as the first house built by the family in 1469, and is situated at the very heart of the Estate overlooking the famous Gardens and beautifully landscaped Park. Lord Ashbrook, the great great grandson of Rowland Egerton-Warburton, who built the present Arley Hall, grew up in the Hall as a child and spent some time as a young man living there. The Hall: Arley Hall is one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the North West. The elaborate ceilings and oak panelling, impressive fireplaces, intricate stained glass and beautiful contents are not the only features which make Arley Hall so special. Visitors are enthralled by entering a piece of living history, which gives an intimate insight into life in the Hall and the history of a family that has cherished Arley as their home for over 550 years. The present Hall stands on the same site as the first house built by the family in 1469, and is situated at the very heart of the Estate overlooking the famous Gardens and beautifully landscaped Park. Lord Ashbrook, the great great grandson of Rowland Egerton-Warburton, who built the present Arley Hall, grew up in the Hall as a child and spent some time as a young man living there. The Gardens: Amongst the finest in Britain and Europe the gardens have been created over the last 250 years by successive generations of the same family and thus offer an unusual blend of long history and traditional design with inspired modern ideas and additions. The result is a garden rich in atmosphere, interest and vitality – a wonderful example of the idea that the best gardens are living, changing works of art. Within its eight acres of formal gardens, SW of the house, are many different areas, each with its own distincitve character, and on the NE side of the house, beyond the Chapel is the Grove, a well established arboretum and woodland garden of about 6 or 7 acres. Thus you will see at Arley a huge range of different plants of all kinds, making it a treasure trove both for the keen plantsman and for the less specialised visitor. These magnificent gardens are maintained by a fantastic team of gardeners led by Head Gardener Gordon Baillee. We are extremely lucky to have a number of excellent volunteer gardeners, however the award winning team consists of: Dave Groom, Doug Rustage, James Youd and Mark Ormerod-Jordan. We were particularly proud that Arley was selected as one of the Gardens of Distinction for Cheshire's Year of the Gardens scheme in 2008. This was an exciting new initative intended to celebrate the heritage of gardens and the green environment in the county of Cheshire. Tudor Barn Licensed Restaurant: The restaurant offers light snacks such as homemade cakes and pastries, soup and sandwiches as well as main dishes including Honey Roast Cheshire Ham salad, Poached Salmon Fillet and Classic Caesar Salad. All food is home-baked or freshly made to order, and wherever possible ingredients on the menu are sourced from local suppliers. There is also a menu especially for children offering several healthy favourites. The Shop: The gift shop offers a fine range of gifts from china and glassware to garden books and ornaments. Plant Nursery: Viscount Ashbrook’s sister, Jane Foster, owns and manages the Nursery which works very closely with the Gardens, propagating many of its plants from those growing in the Gardens. The Nursery’s particular speciality is in herbaceous perennials and pelargoniums and a very wide selection of both is available here, almost all grown entirely on site. The aim is to be able to supply any plant which a visitor has seen and particularly admired in the garden. Due to limited space it is not possible to grow large numbers of shrubs, so the Nursery concentrates on those which are more unusual and difficult to obtain or those that are particularly striking in the gardens. A border at the back of the enclosed Nursery, which is situated next to the main Car Park, displays many of the plants on sale. The plants are displayed on raised beds with very clear bed labels which are convenient and easy to read. There is a small staff, all knowledgeable and keen gardeners, who are able to answer visitors’ queries.
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