The Gardens at Ludstone Hall
A tour of the grounds
The owners are proud to continue the tradition of horticulture at
Ludstone Hall, started by Joseph Round Cartwright over a hundred years
ago. The many features, including the Kitchen and Knot Gardens, the
lawns and flower beds, the Dell with it's ancient trees and specimen
bushes and, of course, the pool and moat all combine to create a unique
and idyllic environment.
A Tour of the Grounds:
Enter through the main gates, passing the Gatehouse
Lodge, and approach the the front of the house and the lead statue
Turn left onto the great lawn, which is lined by trees
and flower beds and which features a central fountain. Head northwards,
alongside the house and the ancient moat stocked with various fish
and an abundance of water lilies, to the raised terrace and pergola.
|View of the house from the Great Lawn
Pass through the gate here and follow the pathway through the Dell.
The large collection of trees and bushes includes knarled and nobbled
sweet chestnut trees which are so old that they pre-date the house.
Circle the monastic fish pool, which has become a haven for waterfowel,
and take in the splendid views across the water to the house beyond.
Next come the busy greenhouses and potting sheds, which have been restored
to their original state. The Coach House, built by Round Cartwright
in 1873, may be seen on the right, set in it's own court yard. This building now houses a museum of artifacts associated with Ludstone Hall and the estate.
From here, pass through
the Kitchen Garden, overlooked by the restored clock tower and then
on to the Secret Garden and the large Knot Garden beyond.
|A pear tree at the rea of the Clock tower
Tending to the gardens and grounds is a year round activity, with
a host of tasks to be undertaken as the seasons come and go. Although
the grounds are only open to the public on one day each year, the owners
are committed to the preservation and improvement of the grounds, not
only for family and friends to enjoy, but also for the benefit of future
|The Knott Garden looking back at the house
|The Knot Garden
This image is part of a large scale map
of the Ludstone Estate