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Renishaw Hall Gardens

Renishaw Hall Gardens

S21 3WB

tel: 01246 432310
fax: 01246 430 760

Area: Derbyshire
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Renishaw Hall Gardens -- Derbyshire
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Renishaw Hall Gardens
Last Update*  02-02-2015

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 Opening Days and Hours

27th March - 27th Sept
Wed - Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays;
10.30am - 4.30pm.
Last admission 3.30pm

Parties / Coaches: Yes
by prior arrangement
Groups / Coaches need Appointment: Yes

House Open for Viewing: Yes
During the season Hall Tours are at
1.00pm and 2.30pm on Fridays and Weekends at the same times in August.
Groups can book by prior arrangement throughout the year.
View this house at

National Garden Scheme days: Yes
5th Nay 10.30am until 4.30pm
9th July 10.30am until 4.30pm
Best Times of Year to Visit:
July and August
To see:
Camellias, daffodils
Bluebells, rhododendrons
Herbaceous and mixed borders
 Admission Prices
Gardens and museum.
Adult 6.50; Concessions 5.50; Children 3, Under 5 free,
Parking 1 per car
 Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Shop: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Teas: Yes
Light Refreshment: Yes
Picnics: No
Dogs Allowed: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:
Disabled Access: Yes - some restrictions. See website for access statement.
Disabled information plus mobility and walking aids
 Garden Features & Events
Gardens, museum, and parkland. For activities please see their website for
details. Specialist literary tours in the hall.
English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade: II*
National Collection: Yuccas
 Description of Garden
Designer: Sir George Sitwell
Renishaw, halfway between Sheffield and Chesterfield, is an oasis of beauty and the arts in an area otherwise dominated by industry and mining.

The gardens at Renishaw Hall are among the most important Italianate gardens in the country. The principles of Italian gardening include garden rooms, views and the sight and sound of still and moving water.
The eight acres of garden are divided into 12 smaller rooms by yew hedges, each with its own character. There are three rose gardens containing many historic varieties underplanted with clematis, peonies, lilies and geraniums and interplanted with unusual flowering shrubs.

More than 1,000 roses flower in the summer, scenting the air and blooming beside the many classical Italian statues - this has led some to call this the most romantic garden in England.
Deep lush herbaceous borders with carefully-chosen colour themes flank the middle lawn which leads on to the White Garden and the Ballroom Garden where the flowers are blue, yellow and white and Anthony Noel has added focus and drama to the planting. There is also a secret garden with a pocket handkerchief tree and an Indian bean tree.

The visitor must also see the Bottom Terrace which is a sheltered south facing border some 200m long, in a perfect position to grow some rare and tender shrubs and flowers in almost jungle-like profusion. This is in complete contrast to the fishpond garden, opposite where the geometric design of water, yew, and grass is unrelieved by any flower planting.

To either side of the formal gardens are walks in a more natural landscape. Lady Ida's Walk takes in fantastic yew trees and offers long views across the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. On the other side of the garden there is a woodland walk that leads to Renishaw's three lakes, two contemporary with the garden (c1890), and the other dug out in the winter of 2000. There are ponds in the formal gardens, the central one reflecting its tall spray of water, and flanked by classical statues gazing out over the view.
 History of Garden
The formal garden was laid out in 1895 by Sir George Sitwell (1860 - 1943) in the classical Italianate style. In 1909 he published 'On the Making of Gardens', which attacks Augustan formalism in garden design and the romantic landscape. It has been described as 'an argument for imaginative thought in garden planning'. He was ambitious in the changes he made, and planned to make, around the estate.
 Nearby Derbyshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
Sitwell Arms - Renishaw
Inns & Pubs:
Mossbrook - Eckington
Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Renishaw / Eckington 2 miles
Chesterfield 6 miles (trains to London in less than two hours)
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