My sister was lent a house in Yorkshire so I made the most of my time ‘up north’ and visited lots of gardens in the area. We were unbelievably lucky with the weather and when I visited Newby Hall on Tuesday, the sun shone all day. When you visit, you’ll see why it was crowned Historic House’s Garden of the Year 2019.
Newby Hall is just a few miles from the A1(M) and is signposted from the motorway. (From the South, exit at J48; From the North, exit at J49)
There are so many different parts of the garden – the double herbaceous borders
with the shell buildings and the River Ure at the bottom,
the rockery (which they are planning to restore next year),
as well as Robin’s Walk, the White Garden, the Water Garden and Sylvia’s Garden.
Sir Edward Blackett bought the estate in 1689 and built the house c1695-1705 possibly to designs by Christopher Wren and also laid out the gardens. Wings were added on to the east side by John Carr and William Belwood c1780 while the interior was designed by Robert Adam. Alterations were made at the end of the nineteenth century while in 1920s Major Edward Compton updated the garden. Compton was influenced by Lawrence Johnston’s garden at Hidcote and the garden has continued to be maintained and developed within the existing framework by his grandson, Richard and his wife, Lucinda.
There’s a cafe on site as well as a shop, an adventure playground and a miniature railway.