Sunday, 28 June 2015

Noel Terry's Garden, York

The last couple of years I don't seem to have been visiting gardens at all - it tailed off when I got stuck into another hobby.  We hope to visit a few (Yellow Book) gardens this summer.  However we did get a bit of a start by walking around the garden at Noel Terry's house in York a few weeks ago.

He was the Terry of the Terry's chocolate family and sensibly built his Arts and Crafts House in sight of the race course at York and within a few hundred yards of his factory.

The gardens at Goddards are four acres, designed by George Dillistone.  It has garden rooms, with the traditional 'walls' of yew hedging.  Besides the formal parterre-type garden near the house, there is also a bowling green, wild areas, growing area and more to go at.  It is in the process of being restored to its former glory so be a little patient.  It is still worth a visit and tea in the loggia or on the terrace couldn't be bettered.

NB don't confuse it if you are Googling it with Goddards in Surrey - also an Arts and Crafts House by Lutyens and a garden by Gertrude Jekyll.  Noel Terry's might be the 'poorer' version but it is a lovely place to visit with a real feeling of home.

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