Hodnet Hall Gardens

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Hodnet, Market Drayton,
Shropshire, TF9 3NN

01630 685786

01630 685 853


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Open Days from April – September 2018
11am to 5 p.m.

Every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
From Sunday 1stApril – Sunday 23rdSeptember

Wednesdays – 16thMay, 13thJune, 18thJuly
Plant Fair – Saturday 2nd& Sunday 3rdJune(10am – 5pm)
National Garden Scheme open day – Sunday 10thJune

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Organised parties by arrangement with The Secretary Hodnet, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 3NN. Tel: 01630 685786 Email: secretary@hodnethall.com www.hodnethallgardens.org

Group Appointment: Yes

Call 01630 685786

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

Sunday 11th June

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring & Autumn

To see:

Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Azaleas, Camellias. Autumn colour

Admission Prices

Admission: Adults £7.00, Children £1.00

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: No
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Disabled access possible for around 60% of the garden. Dogs Welcome on a lead.

Garden Features & Events

Completely walled working kitchen garden Daisy chain of pools and water gardens.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Tern Hill Hall Hotel

Inns & Pubs:

Bear Hotel, Hodnet

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Market Drayton - 5 miles

Description of Garden

The daisy-chain of water on different levels provides the central axis of the garden as it is seen today. As the soil is lime-free, there is scope for rhododendrons, camellias and other ericaceous plants, which flourish in the acid soil. The 26 inches (660 mm) of rain each year and moist position resulting from the presence of pools and streams are ideal for candelabra primulas, irises and bog plants, which are a feature. It is supposed that the pools, which are fed by numerous underwater springs, greatly moderate the temperature as they seldom freeze over, and there is often a blanket of warm mist which keeps off severe frosts. Be that as it may, the range of plants grown is certainly a surprising one for Northern Shropshire, and many more tender shrubs have been introduced experimentally. The favourable soil and temperate climate also produce conditions that allow trees such as beeches, oaks, sycamores and limes to attain great size here.

Hodnet Hall is of great interest as an example of a garden which has been carefully planted to provide a show of colour throughout the seasons. The daffodils and blossom in early spring are followed by a burst of rhododendrons, Exbury azaleas, laburnums and lilacs, and then by paeonies and roses, astilbes and primulas. The summer borders, the masses of hydrangeas and the late summer shrubs follow on, and in the autumn there is brilliant foliage and berries.

Since 1966 the gardens and house have been developed and cared for by Sir Algernon and Lady Heber-Percy with a small team of dedicated gardeners. The Victorian house, whose condition had severely deteriorated, was reduced in size in 1967 by removing the original roof, tower and top floor to make it more manageable to live in. Each month there are plants and trees in colour, and visitors retum to see the gardens throughout the season, knowing that there is always something new and interesting to admire.

History Of Garden

There has been a park and gardens at Hodnet for many hundreds of years, and its design and size has been adapted to the three different sites of the houses in which the Heber Percy family and their ancestors have lived.

The oldest landscape plantings of park trees can still be seen surrounding the earthworks of the Norman castle near the visitors' car park. The Beech Avenue led down to the second house, a large sixteenth-century half timbered building complete with a terraced walk and circular garden. Many of the fine oak and beech trees and specimen yew trees date from this period when the house was occupied. Of this house and buildings only the stables, now used as tearooms, remain. In the mid-nineteenth century the family, tired of living in such a low-lying and damp position, built the red-brick and stone house in the Elizabethan style on the plateau overlooking the valley. This new site gave them the magnificent south-facing views which on a clear day include the outlines of the Shropshire Hills near Church Stretton in South Shropshire.

In the 1920s Brigadier A.G.W. Heber-Percy as a young man and already a dedicated gardener embarked on building a series of pools and terraces, and in so doing joined the formal gardens, enclosed in a yew hedge around the house, with those already existing around the old family house in the valley.

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