‘A beautiful garden and a fantastic tearoom! Thank you'.
Our five star rated tearoom is open from 11am – 4pm when the gardens are open serving delicious, quality, homemade food. We offer homemade soup (using local produce) jacket potatoes, gardener’s lunch and filled baguettes for lunch and cakes and scones for tea.
In the summer we sell refreshing homemade elderflower cordial, citron pressé and ice creams.
We are keen to support local producers and suppliers. Our bread is baked locally, our cakes are made here with free range eggs, our honey comes from bees that use the gardens and our salads and soup ingredients come from the gardens during the summer.
Please note: the tearoom is open for visitors to the gardens only.
We can supply a tailor made menu for groups. We do not have facilities for ambitious lunches but we can make really good quiches, homemade salads, fruit pavlovas and gardener's ploughman's. You tell us how substantial a meal you would like and we can provide it.
Lunches/morning or afternoon refreshments for larger groups are served in the Coach House.
For full restaurant facilities we recommend the estate pub, The Cholmeley Arms.
Gift ideas for a lifetime of pleasure and memories.
Our shop is designed to add an extra dimension to your visit. That means that we want to give you lots of interesting things to look at which are beautiful and useful.
We sell a lovely range of well priced cards and stationery and presents for 1 -100 years old.
We also stock the Franchi range of vegetable seeds and our own range of sweet pea seeds. We have over 100 varieties of Sweet Pea Seeds for sale in the shop or you can buy them from our online shop.
The courtyard outside the main shop includes a select range of plants that we feel our visitors would like to grow (and that will work for you). Our proximity to the great plant growing areas in the Lincolnshire Fens means we can offer you unusual, quality plants at good prices.
We are stockists for David Austin Roses and with over 60 varieties of roses in the gardens you can see them before you buy. Roses in stock now include some of our favourites such as R. ‘The Generous Gardener’ (short climber, very elegant flower) R. Queen of Sweden (the perfect rose for flower arranging) and R. ‘Stanwell Perpetual’ (for wilder areas and highly scented flowers all summer)
We also sell surplus vegetable plantlets and are gradually increasing our stock of plants for sale that you may have seen in the gardens.
Garden and home accessories:
Outdoor furniture, plant supports and smart essentials for your kitchen and garden.
For local visitors:
Don’t forget that you can visit the shop without paying entry any time the gardens are open.
We accept all major credit and debit cards.
To shop now for sweet pea and cottage gardens seeds, snowdrops by post and garden products, please click here.
Children come into the gardens for £3.25 Under 4s are free. We like parents, grandparents and children to be able to enjoy the gardens together so you will find child friendly low-tech activities throughout the grounds. If you walk right around the garden it is about one mile and there are short cuts to the tearoom and toilets. We have balls to kick around, a turf maze to run around, a den, yew tunnel, swing and little things for sale at a reasonable price in the gift shop. The Wren Trail (collect stamps from little wren boxes around the gardens to form a word and get a certificate) and Pumpkin Rolling on the terraces in October is very popular.
Schools are welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the season and we can suggest curriculum-based activities. For more details please contact us.
The upper gardens are accessible by wheelchair in dry weather. The admissions, gift shop, tearoom, coach house, history room and toilets all have good disabled access. Although there is no access to the lower gardens by wheelchair it is possible to look down over the gardens from the site of the old hall.
There is a steep drop to the lower gardens with steps on the terraces which is not recommended if you are unsure on your feet. However, we have created an alternative access down a slope below the vegetable garden. This avoids the steps, has handrails and a seat at the bottom.
There is plenty of seating throughout the gardens.
Please be aware that although we have made every effort to make our paths as accessible as possible, some mobility scooters may struggle due to the wood chip surface. All visitors are reminded that this is a privately owned garden on a tight budget on a steep slope and that some points of access may not be as good here as, say, in a National Trust property.
Parking arrangements: Allocated disabled parking is available and a pick up point is offered if you enquire at admissions on arrival.