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Benington Lordship

Benington Lordship


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Area: Hertfordshire
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Benington Lordship -- Hertfordshire
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Benington Lordship
Last Update*  21-02-2014

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 Opening Days and Hours

NOTE for 2015: Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open

Snowdrops: 8th Feb - 2 March daily; 12noon - 4pm
Easter & May BH Suns & Mons 12pm-4pm;
Floral Festival: 28th & 29th June; 12 noon - 5pm
Chilli Festival: 24th & 25th Aug Bank Holiday Sun & Mon.; 10am - 5pm

Parties / Coaches: Yes
20+ pre-booked all year @5.00pp
Groups / Coaches need Appointment: Yes
Coaches & Mini-buses welcome.

House Open for Viewing: No

National Garden Scheme days: Yes
29th June 12 noon - 5pm
Best Times of Year to Visit:
Spring & early Summer
To see:
 Admission Prices
Adult 5; Child under 16s 2, under 12s free; Light refreshments available.
Chilli Festival Adult 7.50; Child under 16 2.50, under 12s free.
 Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Disabled Access: No
Shop: No
Plants for Sale: No
Lunches: No
Teas: No
Light Refreshment: No
Picnics: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
On Lead only: No
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:
Catering by arrangement. Disabled access is free but limited because of steep steps and ancient fortifications. On BH weekends teas are available in village hall.
Disabled information plus mobility and walking aids
 Garden Features & Events
Magnificent folly, ruined Norman castle, old and contemporary sculptures. Fantastic views over water, kitchen garden, roses, herbaceous borders. Children's animal trail, Wildlife and dragonfly pond & fish to feed.
Floral Festival: 27th/28th June; 12 - 6pm
Chilli Festival: 30th & 31st Aug Bank Holiday; Sun & Mon.; 10am - 5pm
English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade: II
National Collection:
 Description of Garden
Designer: Owner's grandmother, Mrs Arthur Wells 1906.
Laid out on the site of a Norman castle overlooking Norman fishponds with views over unspoilt countryside. Near the house is a formal garden entered by a Pulham neo-Norman gate house. The old drive to the house cuts across the western outlook and leads to a completely re-designed rock/water garden with a good display of primulas in the spring. It backs onto double herbaceous borders, famous for their atmosphere and individual planting style. A wall backs the borders enclosing a kitchen garden, still productive, with raised individual beds. The garden is also famous for its display of snowdrops.
 History of Garden
Restored by present owner's wife, grandson and grand-daughter-in-law. Previously a private 9-hole golf course, with virtually no garden. It is on the site of a Norman castle and is the only vernacular Norman stonework in Herts.
 Nearby Hertfordshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
Rose Cottage, Ardeley
Inns & Pubs:
The Bell, Benington
Jolly Waggoner, Ardeley
George & Dragon, Watton-at-Stone
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