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Cascade Gardens

Matlock

Cascades Gardens, The Meditation Garden and Bonsai Centre is a peaceful and natural garden to visit in the historic village of Bonsall near Matlock, Derbyshire. Refreshments are available. Inspired by Japanese gardens and Buddhist philosophy. Cascades Gardens is a celebration of Nature and an ideal place to immerse yourself in a relaxing and beautiful natural environment. The more complex and demanding the world becomes the more we seek sanctuary in our gardens. Years of austerity, Covid and global conflict has increasingly led us to look to gardens or beautiful natural places to retreat, relax, and find peace of mind. Cascades Gardens has been designed by the owner Alan Clements over the last 26 years from waste land in an ancient quarry, to now reflect the natural balance and harmony that can be found in unspoilt landscape. The combination of massive rocks, water and lush natural planting is intended to refresh the soul and celebrate Nature. Cascades nursery has a wide range of interesting plants in the nursery and now has a Bonsai centre where you can buy Bonsai trees, pots and tools and get friendly advice. Changing with the seasons, there is always something new in the garden; waterfalls and hellebores in March, a delightful spring garden in April and May, roses in June and an abundance of interesting plants, shrubs and trees throughout the the year. Cascades Gardens has many places to sit in quiet corners amongst its dramatic scenery. Perfect for reflection and meditation whatever your religion or spiritual views. On a quiet sunny day there is a sense of peace, stillness and energy throughout the garden and you can hear the sound of water wherever you are. Ideal for garden enthusiasts, plants people and those seeking peace and quiet and relaxation, come and explore this fascinating garden which originates from a quarry, corn mill and lead mine from the 19th century. Cascades gardens is set on many levels with a new “garden room” and seats around every corner showing perennial flower beds, roses, waterside plantings and alpine and conifer rockeries. There is a great view from the cliff top path and quarry bank. Every season brings new surprises with hosts of hellebores, hostas, unusual perennial flowers, shrubs, trees and conifers. The informal gardens have been designed to blend in with the spectacular natural landscape of rocks, cliffs and woodland. The Bonsall brook runs through the garden and flows over the ruined corn mill and many waterfalls most of the year. This gives the house its name, the Cascades. In the winter the flow of water can be a torrent and in the summer it dries up to a gentle trickle. Alan Clements, who has been gardening for over 50 years and is Chairman of the Japanese Garden Society (Midlands) can be booked for garden talks. Garden group visits are welcome. He also runs some amazing mediation retreats at Cascade Gardens with beautiful accommodation on site. More details on this can be found at www.gardenforwellbeing.com or by calling Alan direct on 07967 337404

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Lea Gardens

Matlock

Lea Gardens is a Rhododendron Garden just outside the village of Lea, close to Matlock in Derbyshire. The Garden covers approximately three and a half acres, and is situated within a woodland area, with access paths which allow visitors to see the 500 or more varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants. The Gardens have been owned by the Tye family since 1960. The present owners are Jon and Jenny Tye and their son Peter. Whilst at the Gardens, be sure to visit the Teashop with its varied menu of light lunches and a delicious selection of home baked cakes, accompanied by tea, coffee or cold drinks. Ice creams are also available. Reviews of Lea Gardens You can read our reviews on TripAdvisor, where we are ranked highly as a visitor attraction in the Matlock area. We received a very favourable mention in a Financial Times article “Rhodos Rule”, dated 10th May 2013. Click here to read the full article. We also featured in the May 2013 issue of Derbyshire Life magazine, in an article entitled “A Kaleidoscope of Colour at Lea Gardens”.

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National Trust's Kedleston Hall

Derby

Spectacular 18th-century mansion with Adam interiors and parkland.

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Renishaw Hall & Gardens

Nr Sheffield

The stunning Italianate gardens were laid out in the late 19th Century by Sir George Sitwell 4th Baronet. He was the brilliantly eccentric great-grandfather of the current owner Alexandra Sitwell. Walk around the formal garden enjoying the lawns and borders. Take a stroll down the lime avenue to see “The Angel of Fame”. Relax on one of the benches taking time to take in the beauty and tranquility of the gardens.

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Tissington Hall

Ashbourne

Built in 1609, Tissington Hall is situated within a picturesque Estate Village, featuring a 10-acre garden with superb roses.

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Thornbridge Estate

Bakewell

"If you’re looking to lose yourself in acres of lush greenery, then you’ve come to the right place. Thornbridge Hall Gardens is one of the stand out gardens in the Peak District. When the site was designed in the 19th century, the aim was to create ‘1,000 shades of green’ and these 12 acres of distinctive garden rooms certainly meet the brief. Under the ownership of Jim and Emma Harrison, the gardens have flourished, with careful restoration made to the kitchen garden, scented terrace, long border, modern knot garden, orangery and greenhouse. Visitors are transported from the romance of the Italian gardens, to the tranquility of the water garden via beautiful borders and manicured lawns edged with woodland. Complete your visit up on the gorgeous terraced gardens where visitors can tuck into a light lunch surrounded by the sounds of nature. If that wasn’t enough, visitors will also come across three atmospheric temples, numerous statues, 46 urns and two grottos, making Thornbridge Hall Gardens an excellent day out for all the family. Please use what3words///gather.mango.tank to find us. (our postcode doesn’t take you to the correct location) Direct access from the Monsal trail for walkers and cyclists and plenty of bike racks to leave your bike! Access by car is via the A6020, Hassop to Ashford road. Follow our Parkland Drive to our brand new car park. There is a drop off zone outside the café and 5 Disabled parking bays next to the café.

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Melbourne Hall

Derby

The home of Lord and Lady Ralph Kerr “Melbourne Hall was, and mercifully is, one of the most exquisite of the smaller stately homes of England, while the formal gardens… are as close to perfection as any in the country…”.Philip Ziegler Melbourne Hall stands in an idyllic setting at the east end of the village overlooking the 20 acre mill pool. Passers-by get little more that a fleeting glimpse, because its principal aspects are south and east towards the parkland and gardens, while the courtyards and outbuildings separate it from the village to the north and west. Melbourne Hall Gardens with its broad sweeps of lawn, avenues and unexpected vistas is one of the most treasured historical gardens in the country and is the best surviving early 18th century English garden in the manner of le Notre. It was laid out by Rt. Hon Thomas Coke, Vice Chamberlain to Queen Anne, with help from the garden landscape designers George London and Henry Wise in the formal style. It is noted for its long tunnel of Yew, its wrought iron arbour created by Robert Bakewell and its statuary by Jan van Nost, notably the Four seasons monument, a gift from Queen Anne. There have been few radical alterations to the gardens since the early 18th century. However, in the earlier part of t he 20th century, Lord Walter Kerr and his wife Lady Amabel carried out extensive restoration. Lord Ralph Kerr took over running the Melbourne estate in 1987. His wife Lady Ralph Kerr is a painter of both portraits and landscapes. Her passion for gardening has developed the garden at Melbourne in many ways. Her eye for colour and detail means that the Melbourne garden is a haven of delightful and unusual specimen trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders. Although still very much an 18th century garden, the new planting schemes have introduced greater botanical interest.

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Bolsover Castle

Chesterfield

Derbyshire Stuart mansion offering extensive grounds and rooms for exploration, in addition to a quaint tearoom.

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National Trust's Hardwick

Chesterfield

It was the formidable 'Bess of Hardwick' who first created Hardwick in the 1500s. In the centuries since then her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation. We’d like you to explore and enjoy Hardwick and in the process discover the lives, loves and adventures of the creators of Hardwick.

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National Trust's Calke Abbey

Derby

The un-stately home and country estate. With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. Discover the tales of an eccentric family who amassed a vast collection of hidden treasures. Visit the beautiful, yet faded walled gardens and explore the orangery, auricula theatre and the kitchen gardens. Escape into the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park and its National Nature Reserve.

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Chatsworth

Bakewell

Located in the heart of the Peak District, Chatsworth, is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The house has many rooms to view and a varied collection of art and sculptures dating back thousands of years. The 105-acre gardens contain modern waterworks, sculptures, and a Victorian rock garden and maze. Chatsworth House is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations. Today, Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash. There are over 25 rooms to explore*, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery.

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Haddon Hall

Bakewell

Haddon Hall, the private residence of Lord and Lady Edward Manners, it is set in the Peak District in the valley of the River Wye. With nine hundred years of history, it is one of the oldest houses in the country and moreover one of the only houses in England to have remained in one family’s ownership for its entire existence. Haddon is unique as it remained empty for nearly two hundred years This extraordinary period, when time stood still in the Hall, allowed it to remain unaltered during the modernising period of the Georgians and Victorians. So venturing into Haddon is like stepping back in time, since from the 1700s the family preferred to live at their main seat, Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. The Medieval Banqueting Hall remains furnished with its original Dais table, behind which hangs a tapestry gifted to the family by visiting Henry VIII. The Parlour boasts its glorious Tudor painted ceiling of Tudor roses and marvellous heraldic paneling. Exquisite and very rare 15th century fresco seccos adorn the walls of the Medieval Chapel. In contrast to the Tudor and Medieval Rooms below, the light and airy first floor Elizabethan rooms culminate in the spectacular 110ft Robert Smythson designed Long Gallery; reputed to be one of the most beautiful rooms in England. The terraced Elizabethan Walled Gardens, known for their beauty and structure, cascade down to the River Wye and providing spectacular views of the ancient parkland and Peak District beyond. Recently re-designed by Chelsea Award winning garden designer, Arne Maynard, these make for an equally important part of any visit to the Hall.

Hopton Hall

Wirksworth

Hopton Hall, dating back to 1414, lies on the edge of the White Peak National Park. Our formal gardens feature a fully restored crinkle crankle wall. Recently restored formal gardens with many new and interesting features, including; the one-acre walled garden in which we have planted over 2,000 roses in 40 individual beds surrounded by 5,000 neatly trimmed box plants. Follow the 2 km of meandering paths along the croquet lawn and rose walk, around two ornamental ponds leading to the wildlife lake, arboretum, laburnum tunnel, birch avenue and more, creating a wonderful summer spectacular with visual surprises at each corner.

Dunge Valley Gardens & Nature Reserve

High Peak

Although we are trying to retire we feel it is a shame not to share with others such a beautiful place. May is the best month to see the Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Azaleas and Unusual Trees in a natural setting with streams and an abundance of birds and wildlife. We are proud of what we have achieved here in the Peak District on the Cheshire Derbyshire border.

The Burrows Gardens

Ashbourne

Welcome to The Burrows Gardens, a delightful corner of Derbyshire, with a collection of loved and cared for gardens, ideal for a gentle stroll, a summer picnic or a journey of discovery into the intricacies of Mother Nature. The Burrows Gardens has something for everybody, whether you are a knowledgeable plants person, a gardener, or just someone who loves the beauty, peace and tranquility of lovely gardens set in 5 acres of beautiful countryside.

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Hopton Hall

Wirksworth

Hopton Hall, dating back to 1414, lies on the edge of the White Peak National Park. Our formal gardens feature a fully restored crinkle crankle wall. Recently restored formal gardens with many new and interesting features, including; the one-acre walled garden in which we have planted over 2,000 roses in 40 individual beds surrounded by 5,000 neatly trimmed box plants. Follow the 2 km of meandering paths along the croquet lawn and rose walk, around two ornamental ponds leading to the wildlife lake, arboretum, laburnum tunnel, birch avenue and more, creating a wonderful summer spectacular with visual surprises at each corner.

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Chatsworth

Bakewell

Located in the heart of the Peak District, Chatsworth, is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The house has many rooms to view and a varied collection of art and sculptures dating back thousands of years. The 105-acre gardens contain modern waterworks, sculptures, and a Victorian rock garden and maze. Chatsworth House is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations. Today, Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash. There are over 25 rooms to explore*, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery.

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Cascade Gardens

Matlock

Cascades Gardens, The Meditation Garden and Bonsai Centre is a peaceful and natural garden to visit in the historic village of Bonsall near Matlock, Derbyshire. Refreshments are available. Inspired by Japanese gardens and Buddhist philosophy. Cascades Gardens is a celebration of Nature and an ideal place to immerse yourself in a relaxing and beautiful natural environment. The more complex and demanding the world becomes the more we seek sanctuary in our gardens. Years of austerity, Covid and global conflict has increasingly led us to look to gardens or beautiful natural places to retreat, relax, and find peace of mind. Cascades Gardens has been designed by the owner Alan Clements over the last 26 years from waste land in an ancient quarry, to now reflect the natural balance and harmony that can be found in unspoilt landscape. The combination of massive rocks, water and lush natural planting is intended to refresh the soul and celebrate Nature. Cascades nursery has a wide range of interesting plants in the nursery and now has a Bonsai centre where you can buy Bonsai trees, pots and tools and get friendly advice. Changing with the seasons, there is always something new in the garden; waterfalls and hellebores in March, a delightful spring garden in April and May, roses in June and an abundance of interesting plants, shrubs and trees throughout the the year. Cascades Gardens has many places to sit in quiet corners amongst its dramatic scenery. Perfect for reflection and meditation whatever your religion or spiritual views. On a quiet sunny day there is a sense of peace, stillness and energy throughout the garden and you can hear the sound of water wherever you are. Ideal for garden enthusiasts, plants people and those seeking peace and quiet and relaxation, come and explore this fascinating garden which originates from a quarry, corn mill and lead mine from the 19th century. Cascades gardens is set on many levels with a new “garden room” and seats around every corner showing perennial flower beds, roses, waterside plantings and alpine and conifer rockeries. There is a great view from the cliff top path and quarry bank. Every season brings new surprises with hosts of hellebores, hostas, unusual perennial flowers, shrubs, trees and conifers. The informal gardens have been designed to blend in with the spectacular natural landscape of rocks, cliffs and woodland. The Bonsall brook runs through the garden and flows over the ruined corn mill and many waterfalls most of the year. This gives the house its name, the Cascades. In the winter the flow of water can be a torrent and in the summer it dries up to a gentle trickle. Alan Clements, who has been gardening for over 50 years and is Chairman of the Japanese Garden Society (Midlands) can be booked for garden talks. Garden group visits are welcome. He also runs some amazing mediation retreats at Cascade Gardens with beautiful accommodation on site. More details on this can be found at www.gardenforwellbeing.com or by calling Alan direct on 07967 337404

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Lea Gardens

Matlock

Lea Gardens is a Rhododendron Garden just outside the village of Lea, close to Matlock in Derbyshire. The Garden covers approximately three and a half acres, and is situated within a woodland area, with access paths which allow visitors to see the 500 or more varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants. The Gardens have been owned by the Tye family since 1960. The present owners are Jon and Jenny Tye and their son Peter. Whilst at the Gardens, be sure to visit the Teashop with its varied menu of light lunches and a delicious selection of home baked cakes, accompanied by tea, coffee or cold drinks. Ice creams are also available. Reviews of Lea Gardens You can read our reviews on TripAdvisor, where we are ranked highly as a visitor attraction in the Matlock area. We received a very favourable mention in a Financial Times article “Rhodos Rule”, dated 10th May 2013. Click here to read the full article. We also featured in the May 2013 issue of Derbyshire Life magazine, in an article entitled “A Kaleidoscope of Colour at Lea Gardens”.

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Renishaw Hall & Gardens

Nr Sheffield

The stunning Italianate gardens were laid out in the late 19th Century by Sir George Sitwell 4th Baronet. He was the brilliantly eccentric great-grandfather of the current owner Alexandra Sitwell. Walk around the formal garden enjoying the lawns and borders. Take a stroll down the lime avenue to see “The Angel of Fame”. Relax on one of the benches taking time to take in the beauty and tranquility of the gardens.

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Bolsover Castle

Chesterfield

Derbyshire Stuart mansion offering extensive grounds and rooms for exploration, in addition to a quaint tearoom.

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National Trust's Hardwick

Chesterfield

It was the formidable 'Bess of Hardwick' who first created Hardwick in the 1500s. In the centuries since then her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation. We’d like you to explore and enjoy Hardwick and in the process discover the lives, loves and adventures of the creators of Hardwick.

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Thornbridge Estate

Bakewell

"If you’re looking to lose yourself in acres of lush greenery, then you’ve come to the right place. Thornbridge Hall Gardens is one of the stand out gardens in the Peak District. When the site was designed in the 19th century, the aim was to create ‘1,000 shades of green’ and these 12 acres of distinctive garden rooms certainly meet the brief. Under the ownership of Jim and Emma Harrison, the gardens have flourished, with careful restoration made to the kitchen garden, scented terrace, long border, modern knot garden, orangery and greenhouse. Visitors are transported from the romance of the Italian gardens, to the tranquility of the water garden via beautiful borders and manicured lawns edged with woodland. Complete your visit up on the gorgeous terraced gardens where visitors can tuck into a light lunch surrounded by the sounds of nature. If that wasn’t enough, visitors will also come across three atmospheric temples, numerous statues, 46 urns and two grottos, making Thornbridge Hall Gardens an excellent day out for all the family. Please use what3words///gather.mango.tank to find us. (our postcode doesn’t take you to the correct location) Direct access from the Monsal trail for walkers and cyclists and plenty of bike racks to leave your bike! Access by car is via the A6020, Hassop to Ashford road. Follow our Parkland Drive to our brand new car park. There is a drop off zone outside the café and 5 Disabled parking bays next to the café.

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National Trust's Kedleston Hall

Derby

Spectacular 18th-century mansion with Adam interiors and parkland.

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Thornbridge Estate

Bakewell

"If you’re looking to lose yourself in acres of lush greenery, then you’ve come to the right place. Thornbridge Hall Gardens is one of the stand out gardens in the Peak District. When the site was designed in the 19th century, the aim was to create ‘1,000 shades of green’ and these 12 acres of distinctive garden rooms certainly meet the brief. Under the ownership of Jim and Emma Harrison, the gardens have flourished, with careful restoration made to the kitchen garden, scented terrace, long border, modern knot garden, orangery and greenhouse. Visitors are transported from the romance of the Italian gardens, to the tranquility of the water garden via beautiful borders and manicured lawns edged with woodland. Complete your visit up on the gorgeous terraced gardens where visitors can tuck into a light lunch surrounded by the sounds of nature. If that wasn’t enough, visitors will also come across three atmospheric temples, numerous statues, 46 urns and two grottos, making Thornbridge Hall Gardens an excellent day out for all the family. Please use what3words///gather.mango.tank to find us. (our postcode doesn’t take you to the correct location) Direct access from the Monsal trail for walkers and cyclists and plenty of bike racks to leave your bike! Access by car is via the A6020, Hassop to Ashford road. Follow our Parkland Drive to our brand new car park. There is a drop off zone outside the café and 5 Disabled parking bays next to the café.

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National Trust's Calke Abbey

Derby

The un-stately home and country estate. With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. Discover the tales of an eccentric family who amassed a vast collection of hidden treasures. Visit the beautiful, yet faded walled gardens and explore the orangery, auricula theatre and the kitchen gardens. Escape into the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park and its National Nature Reserve.

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Chatsworth

Bakewell

Located in the heart of the Peak District, Chatsworth, is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The house has many rooms to view and a varied collection of art and sculptures dating back thousands of years. The 105-acre gardens contain modern waterworks, sculptures, and a Victorian rock garden and maze. Chatsworth House is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations. Today, Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash. There are over 25 rooms to explore*, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery.

Dunge Valley Gardens & Nature Reserve

High Peak

Although we are trying to retire we feel it is a shame not to share with others such a beautiful place. May is the best month to see the Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Azaleas and Unusual Trees in a natural setting with streams and an abundance of birds and wildlife. We are proud of what we have achieved here in the Peak District on the Cheshire Derbyshire border.

Hopton Hall

Wirksworth

Hopton Hall, dating back to 1414, lies on the edge of the White Peak National Park. Our formal gardens feature a fully restored crinkle crankle wall. Recently restored formal gardens with many new and interesting features, including; the one-acre walled garden in which we have planted over 2,000 roses in 40 individual beds surrounded by 5,000 neatly trimmed box plants. Follow the 2 km of meandering paths along the croquet lawn and rose walk, around two ornamental ponds leading to the wildlife lake, arboretum, laburnum tunnel, birch avenue and more, creating a wonderful summer spectacular with visual surprises at each corner.

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