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Inside the Walled Garden of Wynyard Hall

I’ll be perfectly honest with you. Wynyard Hall is a hotel that I’d been itching to try out. I’d visited about five years ago to attend a New Year’s Eve party but since then it’s been developed into a top notch hotel in its own delightful country estate with a recently redeveloped Rose Garden, farm shop and café.

But this was an Easter day out, an hour and a half away drive north, passing the North Yorkshire Moors on your right, over the ‘steel’ river Tees, past Billingham and into the Wynyard Estate.

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No Sunday lunch or rest and relaxation today at Wynyard Hall Hotel. I wanted to check out the recently opened farm shop and café, the bonus being a stroll around the Rose Garden.

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The Rose Garden, within the original walled garden, is the realisation of a boyhood dream for Sir John Hall, the owner of Wynyard Hall. It was designed by award-winning landscape architect Alistair Baldwin and currently contains over 3000 David Austin roses of an incredible 135 species.

It is beautifully designed and exceeded my expectations even though the roses are not yet blooming and immediately I knew I’d like to return to see the roses in all their colourful, scented glory this summer. The garden is set out in a series of terraced areas of contrasting design with waterfalls and fountains which mix traditional and modern features to great effect.

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The layout owes much to Persian garden design style, with raised beds of galvanised steel (set to weather to a dull lead-tone) in a geometric grid pattern formed by gravel paths and water rills. Within the grids, roses are colour coded to create a gentle gradation of colour as you move through the garden.

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Perennial plants, 12,000 in all, have been used to soften the rose presence. These cover a variety of forms; small, frothy, foaming, spikey, but will never steal the show from the roses.

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We managed a chat with head gardener Mark, who gave us some tips on rose pruning.

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The farm shop and café stock a fantastic selection of products ranging from local foodie items to gifts and decorative interior buys and the staff I chatted to were very friendly and polite.

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The café was fantastic both inside and out with lovely views over the gardens. The tables were tastefully decorated with an Easter theme, and made for a really cosy place to while away a few hours over a girly lunch.

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There is also a Marquee which is accessed through the gardens via a pergola walkway which will make for a grand entrance to any event…..a wedding perhaps?

Find out more about the garden and Sir John Halls boyhood dream here.

Staring soon is the monthly artisan Farmers Market to be held next to the Farm Shop, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, I might just see you there!!

I can’t wait to go back and smell those roses.

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