Eggleston Hall Gardens
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Situated near Barnard Castle and set set in the beautiful high Pennines of Teesdale, Eggleston Hall Gardens are aptly described as 'The Secret Garden of the North'. The stunning gardens encompass four acres and include a nursery.
The gardens contain a sixteenth century churchyard with a ruined chapel and some of the rarest plants in the garden grow among the old gravestones. It also features a moorland stream and winding paths. Gardeners have been collecting and growing plants here for more than four hundred years. There are delightful herbaceous borders, lawns and a wishing pool and many interesting plants are offered for sale.
There have been Gardens at Eggleston Hall since the late sixteenth century. Malcolm Hockham, who runs the gardens, is one of the best known horticulturalists in the North of England. In addition to these gardens Malcolm also has a smaller private nursery (open 14 days a year) at which many rare and unusual plants are kept for propagation and collections throughout the country.
Alongside the gardens, there is a cafe based in the Coach House buildings, serving brunch, lunch and afternoon teas. There is also the Garden Room Gift Shop with a wonderful selection of individually chosen products.