Whatton House and Gardens

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Long Whatton, Loughborough,
Leicestershire, LE12 5BG

01509 270202


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open Mar - Oct; Sun - Fri; 11am - 4pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

Sun 20 May

Best Times of Year to Visit:

May June July

To see:

Flowering shrubs Herbaceous borders Arboretum

Admission Prices

Adult £3.50; Children free

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

Teas on Sunday, 2-4pm only.
'Piecemeal Plants' for sale at irregular times in 2010, but often Fri & Sun. call 01509 672 056 or email admet123@btinternet.com
Teas on Sun afternoons only, 2pm -4pm
Light refreshments for groups by appointment, please call.

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

Royal Oak in Long Whatton Falcon Inn in Long Whatton Several in Kegworth and many B&Bs


Royal Oak in Long Whatton In Long Whatton, Kegworth & Belton

Inns & Pubs:

Four pubs within 2 miles, all provide food

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Bell Foundry, Loughborough Motor Museum, Castle Donington Donington Park

Description of Garden

The wife of the first Lord Crawshaw carried out much of the landscaping of the garden in the late 19th Century. Extending to 15 acres, it offers the visitor a haven of peace and tranquility through all the seasons of the year. A myriad of paths lead through the woodland garden, carpeted in spring by thousands of bulbs and wild flowers, while an abundance of flowering shrubs and ornamental trees catch the eye around the spacious lawns.

In the summer the old fashioned rose garden, with its extensive views towards Charnwood Forest, and the magnificent herbaceous border sheltered by the high brick wall of the working kitchen garden, provide a profusion of colour.

Other features of the garden include stone seats, ornaments, an ornate stone loggia, a bark summer-house and the Bogey Hole. In the Chinese Garden, the Terracotta Warriors stand guard, replicas of the famous Terracotta Army discovered in China after being buried for 2200 years.
The garden is now cared for by Lord and Lady Crawshaw, along with their Gardener, Roy Carr, rather less than the original staff of ten gardeners! However above all, the beauty and peaceful atmosphere of a bygone age make Whatton Gardens the ideal setting for a relaxing visit for all the family. Many mothers, who came here as children, now bring their own children to visit, such is the enduring spell cast by Whatton Gardens.

History Of Garden

Whatton House was first built in 1802 and many of the garden's trees date from that time. After a disastrous fire, the house was rebuilt by the first Lord Crawshaw in 1876 and much of the landscaping in the garden was achieved by his wife, the great grandmother of the present Lord Crawshaw.

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