The gardens that visitors see today at 18th Century Kelmarsh Hall today are largely inspired by society decorator and former resident, Nancy Lancaster. She extended her interior style of shabby chic charm into the gardens and drafted in the garden designer of her day, the talented Norah Lindsay, to help.
Around the Hall the landscape architect Geoffrey Jellicoe laid out a formal terrace and horse chestnut avenues leading down to the lake. From the sophisticated pastels of the sunken garden through to the showier shades of the 30m long border, the garden leads you on a tour around the perimeter of a triangular walled garden. This secret heart is a relaxing space filled with traditional fruit and vegetables, cut flower beds and a restored vinery.
The historic walled kitchen garden is at its peak in July, August and September when visitors are treated to an abundance of flora at every turn. Visitors can soak up the spectacular views while enjoying light refreshments in the gardens, with cream teas, light lunches, homemade cakes and morning tea and coffee available from the licensed Tea Room.
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Kelmarsh, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN6 9LY
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