We are very lucky as a kitchen company in Cheshire to be based in an area with such an abundance of beautiful outdoor spaces just a stone’s throw away from our workshop. We quite often spend time exploring the local area as it gives us such inspiration for our bespoke fine furniture, especially our Artisan Rustic Kitchens.Here are some of our favourite places to explore in Cheshire:
Arley Hall and Gardens, Arley, Northwich
These beautiful gardens consist of a number of rooms created by Antoinette Egerton- Warburton. Probably the oldest double herbaceous borders in England has remained virtually unchanged since its creation in the 1700’s. In the spring there are lovely displays of bulbs, early rhododendrons and magnolias and in the summer the walled garden and sundial garden come into their own.
Adlington Hall and Gardens, Adlington Near Macclesfield
There is much to see for the garden lover at Adlington Hall. The Lime Avenue dating from 1688 leads to a woodland wilderness with winding paths, temples, bridges and follies in a Rococo manner. A path through the Laburnum Arcade leads into the formal Rose Garden, then on to the Maze created in English yew. The Father Tiber Water Garden provides a peaceful haven with its ponds, fountains and water cascade and the newly created Parterre provides a colourful addition to the east wing. Other features include a large herbaceous border, rockeries, specimen trees, azaleas and rhododendrons.
Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere, Northwich
This garden opened to visitors for the first time in 2010.The Main Garden is divided into separate areas by impressive yew hedges. The Pool, Chapel and Pergola Gardens are formal with a naturalistic planting style, providing colour from spring bulbs too late autumn herbaceous. The Christopher Lloyd inspired Exotic Garden, designed around the remnants of the old vegetable garden, is filled with dahlias, cannas, banana and other tender perennials, giving a colourful display until the first frosts. The Young Arboretum contains rare evergreen and deciduous trees for year-round interest.
Bluebell Cottage Gardens, Near Dutton
Features at Bluebell Cottage Gardens include an orchard with wildflower meadow beneath, curving herbaceous borders, ponds, alpine scree garden and ‘exotica’ garden. Chickens and cats prove irresistible to younger visitors. In spring, the ancient bluebell woods are carpeted with native English bluebells. Adjacent nursery stocks a wide collection of herbaceous perennials.
Capesthorne Hall, Siddington
Through the Milanese Gates, opposite the Chapel, the Tranquil Gardens, alongside the estate’s chain of lakes, merge colourful perennials with more unusual 18th century plants, maples and cherry trees.But the natural beauty of Capesthorne also leads to intriguing glimpses of its man-made past… the remains of the Ice House, the Old Boat House and the curious Swallow Hole.
Cholmondeley Castle and Garden, Malpass
These gorgeous gardens have been owned by the same family since the 12th Century with extensive ornamental gardens including picturesque temple water garden, rose garden, lakeside walk, picnic and children’s play areas, gift shop, tea room and many more attractions. This truly is a garden for everybody, young and old.
Dunham Massey, Altrincham
The garden at Dunham Massey is French in style and includes a moat and mount, a Parterre, a delightful Orangery and an old Well House. The acid soils are home to moisture loving plants as well as rhododendrons and an extensive range of hydrangeas. See the Himalayan blue poppies in early summer. Dunham Massey is a real plantsman’s garden and a new winter garden has been developed to much acclaim.
Hare Hill Gardens, Over Alderley
The delightful walled garden at Hare Hill, Cheshire (National Trust) features spectacular white perennial borders, a pergola and unusual wire horse sculptures at the centre of each rose bed. There is also a woodland garden with many rhododendrons and azaleas, and many pond areas. The surrounding parkland offers a path into Alderley Edge.
Lyme Park and Garden, Disley, Stockport
The park and gardens at Lyme Park are set on the foot of the Pennine Hills. It has a restored Edwardian Rose Garden and Wyatt Garden with camellias, tree lupins and lavender. There is a fabulous herbaceous border and a wooded ravine bordered by rhododendrons, ferns and azaleas.
Ness Botanic Gardens, South Wirral
Created by a rich cotton merchant named Arthur Bully in the late 1800s, it is now a great botanic garden administered by the Friends of Ness Garden.It is a great all year garden with lots to see with rhododendrons, snowdrops and wildlife as well as brilliant summer displays. There are plenty of activities throughout the year with lectures, walks, education programmes and child friendly activities.
Tatton Park Gardens, Knutsford
One of the finest gardens in the British Isles. The terraced Italian garden which graces the south face of the mansion affords beautiful views across the park.
Among the smaller gems of the gardens are the leech pool, ablaze with colour from banks of azaleas each May, the rose garden which was laid out for Lady Anna Egerton in 1913, the contrasting tower garden with its topiary backdrop and one of the best Japanese gardens in Europe.
The Quinta Arboretum, Swettenham, Congleton
The planting over the years has established the layout of the site which is divided into avenues and definite areas, many of them named and commemorate various events in the life of the Lovells. There are grand avenues which take you among trees and shrubs, as well as wildflower meadows and a nature reserve. The arboretum is in a delightful setting with views across the River Dane.