The present Hall stands on the same site as the first house built by the family 1469. The Hall standing was built between 1832 and 1845 by Rowland Egerton-Warburon to the design of George Latham, a Nantwich architect.
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So, what at first appears to be a grand Tudor House is in fact a Victorian 'homage'.
We were visiting the hall and garden as part of (my husband's birthday) overnight stay in a hotel in Lymm. Being mid August the English summer was in full flow with a warm day and thoroughly grey skies!
If you like Victorian stately piles this is certainly one to float your boat. Being a dyed in the wool neo-classical Georgian I can't say it was my cup of tea.
That said, the ceilings in every room were remarkable and the grand hall impressive to say the least. I can't show you the interior, of course, as usual photography is not allowed inside the house. It is a family home (the same family for 550 years) and still used occasionally. I was once told the ban on photos is an insurance issue (?) The fact the house is still something of a home adds some appeal as it looks to be 'lived in' rather than frozen in aspic.
The gardens don't have a feel of a grand designed landscaped but more of a collected hotchpotch of gardens that have been added in over the years by various occupants. Again, this is all a matter of taste as to whether that makes the landscape a better or worse one ..... sadly, for me it is just not cohesive enough to flow nicely from one space to another.
Arley is especially famous for the long border. It was one of the earliest of its kind and is said to have set the style for the English long border - simply crammed with every plant imaginable. This is one small section ......
Turn around and there is more... and more .... and more
A little corner that I loved was the tea cottage. Imagine having your staff setting up a dainty tea for you here on a summer afternoon.
The vegetable garden is to die for and you are overwhelmed with lettuce envy as you step inside. It certainly beats my (ex) three six foot long raised beds. I often wonder where the produce goes in these vast estates.
Yet again though, I still found the area odd as it has a tall hedged area and arbour at its heart - all very formal and something I though you would expect to find in a landscape with a great vista laid out in front of it to be admired from your seat. The kitchen garden, though lovely, somehow doesn't seem to warrant it.
The house and garden is still privately owned and it costs £10 for seniors to go in to all the areas. I suggest you google it if planning a trip as there are various charges according to your age and where you want to go.
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