Gardens-Guide.com is the premiere open gardens directory in Britain today.
Walled Garden: all year.
1 April - 30 Sept 10am - 7pm,
14 Feb - 31 Mar & 1 Oct - 1 Nov 10am - 6pm,
1 Jan - 13 Feb & 2 Nov - 31 Dec 10am - 4pm
Coaches must be pre-booked
Guided tours available on request
Closed Tuesdays. Otherwise Open 14 Feb - 1 Nov 12 noon -5pm
12 July, 12 noon - 4pm
March - September
Spring bulbs, colourful herbaceous borders, beautiful cut flower border, stunning conservatory
Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets) House, garden and grounds: adult £12.60 (£11.40), child £6.30 (£5.70), family £31.50 (£28.50).
Dogs welcome on leads in grounds and Walled Garden. Partially accessible grounds - access map available. Electric scooters available to borrow. Booking required
Magnificent mansion with fine interiors and collections, set in an extensive garden and parkland; Huge pre-Raphaelite paintings depicting the history of Northumberland; Intriguing Cabinet of Curiosities and collection of dolls' houses; Fabulous naturalistic gardens, in the style of 'Capability' Brown; Stone dragon heads on the lawn and an enchanting walled garden; Set in evocative Northumberland moorland, the 'Border Reiver' territory
Queens Head Inn, Great Whittington
The Ox, Middleton Dyke Neuk, Mitlford Beresford Arms, Whalton Queens Head Inn, Great Whittington
The house is set in rolling parkland with the vestiges of Sir Walter Blackett's elaborate plantations still visible, though they have been re-planted in more recent times. There are straight and serpentine walks though them and the visitor will find ponds with waterlilies as well as a wealth of birdlife and even red squirrels. Nearer to the house there are open views across the ha-ha towards Hadrian's Wall and the Shaftoe Crags further off. Statuary and urns are placed to attract the eye and mixed shrubberies planted in Victorian times for colour and variety.
But the real draw is the very impressive walled garden with its terraced borders, lead statues placed on its paths and nearby conservatories and original buildings and follies. Clever planting with an air of informality sets off the walled garden beautifully against the backdrop of parkland and woods. In the wetter parts of the garden near the stream, water irises, hostas and what is now the National Collection of elders thrive. In the Conservatory a spectacular Edwardian planting scheme survives alongside marble busts and lovely white painted furniture.
The Palladian mansion was built for Sir Walter Calverley Blackett in the mid 1730s. The garden was designed with the help of a mysterious 'Mr. Joyce' and possibly benefited in the 1760s from 'Capability ' Brown's assistance, whose childhood home was just a mile or so away. There is a bridge by James Paine dating to 1755. Sir George Otto Trevelyan inherited the estate in 1886 and being an enthusiastic gardener he adapted Sir Walter's design for the internal layout of the Walled Garden, and built a large conservatory, continuing his efforts in the garden until his death aged 90 in 1928. The National Trust took over the garden years later and, after a great deal of work, re-instated Sir George's designs.