With the recent spell of nice weather we decided to take Cholmondeley Castle Gardens up on their kind invitation to have a wander around the stunning gardens in Cheshire. The teen didn’t want to come, as usual. But the good news is, the gardens are child and dog friendly and the dog never says no so off we went.
The day was a bit overcast but the grounds looked stunning despite the weather. The gardens are far bigger than I thought and there’s space for everything, children play areas, picnics, running around or relaxing. There is even an area for dogs to be off the lead. I think this is quite rare regarding visitor attractions.
There is plenty of parking, including a disabled area. We parked in view of the castle and first headed towards the Tower Hill woodland. Here Ralf the dog could have a quick run around after our drive.
The gardens are a real mixture. From meadow woodland to formal ornamental gardens. Structural features mark paths and walkways.
The Late Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley developed the gardens. Reflecting the character of the Castle, and her interests as a plants woman of an extremely high order. Her Ladyships interest in the landscape and use of trees and shrubs is reflected literally in her scheme for the development of the now famous Temple Garden.
The Temple Garden is my favourite, I could have sat there all day. I found a little bench tucked away on a terrace overlooking the lake and admired the view.
Continuing our walk we decided to head towards the Chapel. Taking approximately 20 minutes this might be a bit far for some. I later learnt you can drive down to it, great for anyone with limited mobility. The route is very picturesque as you pass through the arch of Somerset Lodge towards the chapel.
The white screen gates across from the tea rooms are another architectural feature of the gardens.
We all enjoyed our walk around the Castle gardens. The house is a gothic villa designed in 1801 in a romantic castle style. Though not open to the public as it is a private home.
Like every good walk we finished off with tea, which I have to say was a really good cuppa.
It was great to be able to take Ralf the dog with us, he definitely enjoyed his day out too.
Thanks again to Cholmondeley Castle for our day out, If you’d like to visit the gardens you can find more information here.
Cholmomdeley Castle is hosting Dogfest with Noel Fitzpatrick on 16/17 June 2018