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Arley Hall and Gardens.
Arley is a place of enormous character, charm and interest. Visitors are frequently struck by the warm and intimate atmosphere and the feeling that Arley is a much-cherished family home.
The Gardens, which are amongst the finest in Britain, are outstanding for their vitality, variety and historical interest and are particularly celebrated for the magnificent double herbaceous border. The Hall is an impressive example of a Victorian country house built in the Elizabethan style.
Arley Hall is one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the North West. The elaborate ceilings & oak panelling, impressive fireplaces, intricate stained glass and beautiful contents are not the only features which make Arley Hall so special. Visitors are enthralled by entering a piece of living history, which gives an intimate insight into life in the Hall and the history of a family that has cherished Arley as their home for over 550 years.
The present Hall stands on the same site as the first house built by the family in 1469, and is situated at the very heart of the Estate overlooking the famous Gardens and beautifully landscaped Park. Lord Ashbrook, the great great grandson of Rowland Egerton-Warburton, who built the present Arley Hall, grew up in the Hall as a child and spent some time as a young man living there.
Amongst the finest in Britain and Europe the gardens have been created over the last 250 years by successive generations of the same family and thus offer an unusual blend of long history and traditional design with inspired modern ideas and additions. The result is a garden rich in atmosphere, interest and vitality – a wonderful example of the idea that the best gardens are living, changing works of art.
The garden's best know feature is its Herbaceaus Border which was probably the first border of its kind planted in England, this along with the unique Quercus Ilex Columns, Pleached Lime Avenue of trees and the furlong walk make this this simply the most amazing and interesting garden.
Within its eight acres of formal gardens, which can take you several hours to meander around, there are many different areas, each with its own distinctive character, on the NE side of the house, beyond the Chapel is The Grove, a well established arboretum and a Woodland Walk of about 6 or 7 acre. The Grove has a pathway approx 1/3rd of a mile long and it will take you approx 30 minutes to walk around depending on your pace and interest in the planting, while the Woodland Walk is approx 1/5th of a mile long and will take you approx 15 minutes to walk, once again depending on your pace.
At Arley you will see a huge range of different plants of all kinds, making it a treasure trove both for the keen plantsman and for the less specialised visitor. Both The Grove and Woodland walk are not suitable for wheelchair access during wet periods, however The Gardens have good disabled access, no matter what the weather, please be aware though that the pathways throughout the Gardens are all either grass and gravel .
These magnificent gardens are maintained by a fantastic team of gardeners led by Head Gardener Gordon Baillee. We are extremely lucky to have a number of excellent volunteer gardeners; however the award winning team consists of: Dave Groom, Doug Rustage, James Youd and Mark Ormerod-Jordan.
We were particularly proud that Arley was selected as one of the Gardens of Distinction for Cheshire's Year of the Gardens scheme in 2008. This was an exciting new initative intended to celebrate the heritage of gardens and the green environment in the county of Cheshire.
For those visitors spellbound by the Gardens, Arley Hall Nursery gives you the opportunity to take some of the magic of Arley home with you. Viscount Ashbrook’s sister, Jane Foster, owns and manages the Nursery which works very closely with the Gardens, propagating many of its plants from those growing in the Gardens. The Nursery’s particular speciality is in herbaceous perennials and pelargoniums and a very wide selection of both is available here, almost all grown entirely on site.
Arley Hall and Gardens - Details of Opening Times and to buy Tickets to visit online - CLICK HERE
Arley Hall for your Wedding and Civil Partnership
Arley is a place of enormous character, charm and interest. Guests arriving at the Estate will be struck by the warm and intimate atmosphere and the feeling that Arley is a much-cherished family home. Set amidst breath-taking surroundings; Arley Hall is an impressive example of a Victorian Country House built in the Elizabethan style and is one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the country. The lavish ceilings, elaborate carvings, plasterwork and stain glass windows create a wonderful feeling of grandeur and add to this perfect setting for any wedding celebration.
RW Bespoke Events Ltd are the preferred caterer at Arley Hall and Gardens, and are able to offer a truly individual service. Their reputation is built on inspired and inventive cuisine, they can assist you at every stage from innovative menu ideas to dramatic styling and all the expert guidance you need.
We recommend that you visit their website www.rwbespoke.com where you will find menu ideas, wine suggestions and direct email to their senior management team or alternatively contact them on 0161 273 3469.
Your Conference at Arley
Arley Hall, with its award winning gardens, spacious historic hall and surrounding 2,000 acres is a popular venue for all styles of corporate events and day or evening parties. The unique atmosphere of Arley can be yours for your special event:
Arley Hall has a number of spacious, naturally-lit staterooms, each given its own character by the elaborate plasterwork, panelling and furniture.
The Hall can be hired exclusively, on a room by room basis or we also offer Day Delegate Rates. From the Emperor's Room, once home to Napoleon III, through the magnificent oak-panelled Library to the Gallery with stain glass windows and impressive fireplace, the Hall can fulfil your requirements and expectations from boardroom meetings or diners for 10 to 160 people.
The Gallery (100)
The Gallery, with its beautiful oak panelled walls, ornately plastered ceiling and magnificent fireplace, offers an impressive setting for corporate dinners and presentations for up to 100 seated delegates or guests.
The Front Hall (60)
The Front Hall, which is currently used as the formal dining room, can accommodate up to 60 delegates and enjoys stunning views over the parkland and gardens. For smaller parties, the antique dining table seats up to 24.
The Drawing Room (80)
Reception drinks are usually served in the Drawing Room where the imposing portraits of the Egerton-Warburton family surround delegates and this room also offers a perfect ambiance for musical evenings, concerts or recitals for up to 80.
The Library (20)
The oak chimney breast and bookcases give real intimacy to smaller meetings and board meetings for up to 20 delegates.
The Tudor Barn
The historic Tudor Barn is ideal for evening parties to celebrate a special occasion or have a works party. Caters for up to 130 people.
The Estate Grounds
Other venues on the Estate include the Coach House, the historic Cruck Barn and the 2,000 acres of park and woodland. We also have seven miles of private roads and tracks making Arley a venue of choice for:
Open air concerts
Clay pigeon shooting
Team building excercises
After opening it's doors in January 2009 these beautiful Victorian Barns situated only 100 yards from the Main Hall have been converted into one of the North West’s leading and most popular wedding and corporate business venues. Olympia is fully air conditioned, has vast on site parking and boasts a state of the art contemporary look second to non. With all the necessary modern accessories on offer, twinned with the original Victorian features – Olympia simply oozes style and sheer class. It can cater for any form of function, whether it be a conference for 100, the wedding of your dreams or a Christmas party for you and your work colleagues.
For booking conditions, questions, fees and availability, please ring Shelagh Bebington 01565 777353 ex 28, or email Shelagh.Bebington@arleyhallandgardens.com
Day with the Head Gardener
A rare opportunity to spend a exclusive, one-to-one day behind the scenes at one of the UKs most prestigeous and historic gardens with Arley’s Head Gardener and his team. Join in with a variety of seasonal tasks, such as propagating, pruning, dead heading, staking and cultivating. Gordon is a graduate in horticulture from Strathclyde University and has worked on several estates over the last 20 years from Lord Shawcross’s Estate near Eastbourne, Lord Sackville at Knole Park and Sting’s secluded estate ‘somewhere’ in Wiltshire!
This is a rare opportunity to work on the historic herbaceous border at Arley and to experiment with the many unusual varieties of vegetables and bedding plants grown for the gardens at Arley. See Arley’s own nursery where it produces many of the plants in the gardens and enjoy this special chance to work with the knowlegeable and enthusiastic team of gardeners at Arley.
To book ring 01565 777353 ext 31 or email email@example.com
Arley also welcomes school visits, at primary school level, to spend a day at Arley learning about The Hall and how people used to live, The Gardens and how the garden grows and develops through the seasons and finallyby planting seeds to take home to watch grow. We also invite schools to be involved in major events at Arley, such as the Garden Festival and Christmas as well as working with schools on longerterm growing project in the kitchen garden. For booking information on any of the above schools activities please ring Helen Robinson 01565 777353 Ext 31.
Events At Arley
Our main events are Spring and Autumn Plant Fairs, Annual Garden Festival in June, Outdoor Concerts,Walled Garden Theatre, Chilli Festival, Mushroom Walks and a Christmas Floral Extravaganza. - please see our website for latest details and dates
Christmas Floral Extravaganza 1 - 7 December see the Hall decorated in fresh flowers, enjoy candlelight and carols evenings and floral demonstrations as well as a craft fair on 1 & 2 December and christmas trees decorated by 10 local schools.
Filming At Arley
Arley Hall and its surrounding grounds are a popular film location having played host to many period and contemporary dramas.
From the exclusive location for the series, Cluedo and Soames' house in the Forsythe Saga to being a backdrop for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and hosting a number of Coronation Street weddings, Arley has proved to be a top class venue for film and television companies. In addition, Arley is a popular venue for commercial filming and photography, including advertisements and product launches.
Arley Hall & Gardens
Arley Contact Numbers
Estate Office Telephone: 01565 777353
Tudor Barn Restaurant: 01565 777667
Plant Nursery: 01565 777479
Arley is signposted from Junction 9/10 on the M56 and Junction 19/20 on the M6. Follow the brown tourist signs.
Arley Hall and Gardens - Details of Opening Times and to buy Tickets to visit online - CLICK HERE
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