Susan Worner Tours

Exceptional Gardens of North Yorkshire

12 – 17 May 2021

Exceptional Gardens of North Yorkshire

Some of Britain’s finest gardens are to be found in North Yorkshire, where the countryside in springtime is radiant with new life. Our tour features a number of outstanding private gardens, along with visits to Newby Hall and Scampston Hall. An exceptional selection in terms of both design and choice of plants and trees.

We stay at the Alice Hawthorn Inn on the picturesque village green at Nun Monkton near York. Named for a famous racehorse, and renowned for its excellent cuisine and friendly atmosphere, the Inn was recently expanded with the addition of a number of rooms. The green, with its pond and free grazing cattle in the summertime, features a traditional village maypole. Before the dissolution of the monasteries, nuns of the Benedictine Order lived in the nearby Priory. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the village is just nine miles from York.

In the exceptional circumstances of the current year, we have planned the tour with careful consideration for possible social distancing requirements. The Inn is well prepared to meet the necessary hygiene standards. Our transport will be by small coach if this is within the rules, otherwise travel to and from the gardens will be by private car. We suggest you follow us in convoy formation or make your own way by using GPS.

 

Itinerary

DAY ONE – WEDNESDAY 12 MAYLD

PRIVATE GARDEN IN WHIXLEY
Meet at 12.00 at the Alice Hawthorn Inn beside the picturesque village green of Nun Monkton. Light lunch together before leaving to visit a delightful private garden in the nearby village of Whixley. Laid out in a formal design around the house, it also features mature trees leading to a well-planted walled garden. Return to the Inn for an early evening aperitif and short talk on the tour before dinner together.

DAY TWO – THURSDAY 13 MAYBD

NEWBY HALL GARDENS NEAR RIPON
Private visit to Newby Hall accompanied by the head gardener, Phil Cormie, before the gardens open to the public. Redesigned in the 1920s by Major Robin Compton, a great friend of Lawrence Johnston of Hidcote Manor, Newby is the site of the national collection of Cornus (dogwood) and a magnificent laburnum pergola. Private guided viewing of the interior of the Hall is planned. At lunchtime, tables are reserved for us in the garden café.
In the afternoon there is time to discover more of this superb garden, which is renowned for its double herbaceous borders leading to the River Ure and a series of individually styled garden ‘rooms’ entered through the yew hedges.

DAY THREE – FRIDAY 14 MAYBD

SCAMPSTON HALL GARDENS NEAR MALTON – HAVOC HALL, OSWALDKIRK
Morning visit to Scampston Hall, on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. The Hall was built in the 17th century and altered in the Regency period; Capability Brown designed the parkland. A highlight is the walled garden redesigned by Piet Oudolf in the early 2000s: Here, clipped hedges enclose spaces which are extensively planted with perennials and grasses and accessed from a perimeter path. We are guided in our visit by the head gardener. Lunchtime in the café followed by an afternoon visit to the privately owned Havoc Hall in the Howardian Hills. Accompanied by the owner, we discover a garden lovingly developed over the past twelve years, evolving into a mature and richly planted series of ‘rooms’ on the edge of a village.
Our return journey is through some of Yorkshire’s finest countryside with views to the Dales from the Sutton Bank escarpment.

DAY FOUR – SATURDAY 15 MAYBD

PRIVATE FARMHOUSE GARDEN & SION HILL HALL
Heading northwards towards Northallerton, we visit a remarkable private garden created around a typical stone farmhouse. The owner, an inspiring garden designer, explains how she has developed it and introduces us to the particularly good display of bulbs. Lunchtime at a local pub before our afternoon private visit to Sion Hill Hall, an Arts & Crafts inspired country house with extensive gardens overlooking the River Wiske. Recently restored, with a parterre of clipped hornbeam and yew, a traditional kitchen garden and woodland, the property is set against the backdrop of the Hambleton Hills.

DAY FIVE – SUNDAY 16 MAYB

MARKENFIELD HALL & PRIVATE GARDEN IN LITTLETHORPE, NEAR RIPON
Morning visit to the stunning 14th century Markenfield Hall, where the gardens are laid out following the contours of the moat that surrounds the formally fortified building. Guided on our tour by the head gardener, we learn about the remarkable history of the property where the same family have lived for centuries. We are then led over the bridge into the sheltered courtyard.
There is a chance to view some of the interiors of the medieval Hall, where refreshments are served.
Our afternoon visit is to a beautifully laid-out, quite formal garden around a Manor House bordering Ripon Canal. Developed over a period of thirty years, the walled garden reflects the four seasons as the cycle of life and features, in the centre, an ‘Ygdrassil’ tree (Fraxinus excelsior) – the symbolic tree of life in Scandinavian mythology. The sunken garden parterre is based on the White Rose of York emblem, a fitting image for this tour.
We return to the Alice Hawthorn Inn for dinner together on our final evening.

DAY SIX – MONDAY 17 MAYB

Depart from Nun Monkton after breakfast.




Map of North Yorkshire


Tour Costs

£1,675 per person sharing
Single supplement £580

Included:

Accommodation pp sharing b&b, with dinner each evening, aperitif on first evening, all visits, guides/head gardeners and transport.

Not included:

Drinks (soft or alcholic), items of a personal nature, tips.


Hotel

The Alice Hawthorn Inn, Nun Monkton, York
www.thealicehawthorn.com

Notes

Waterproof clothing and footwear just in case of rain and layers for the garden visits.
Casual smart for the evening.

Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Often guests meet for drinks before dinner (optional).

Activity Level:

Reasonable walking ability to enjoy the gardens is required.