In an English country garden…

A sunny Sunday afternoon found us in the beautiful gardens of Wynyard Hall on the outskirts of Durham in the Tees Valley. The gardens are home to over 3,000 roses and to capture it’s true beauty a visit in the summer is a must. The scent from the place drifted towards us as soon as we set foot into the gardens and after a wander round the luxury gift shop and a quick look at the cake choices for later in the bright airy cafe we strolled around and gathered our thoughts.

The three amigos naturally ran straight to the water and the amazing thing about the walled gardens at Wynyard is that it is one giant playground for children. Through the middle of the gardens is a stream and the perfect game of watching a petal (from the ground, no actual flowers were damaged I promise!) float down to the bottom ensued.

Serious garden envy followed and after a lengthy discussion between my beloved featuring me asking why our own garden at home cannot look like Wynyard’s we took in all the varieties of flowers and plants grown here. The colour and scent of the roses were just magnificent.

the rose petal game!
summer in full bloom!

With an edible garden, wild garden, woodland walk, farm shop,cafe and glass house to explore, this handy guide showed us what there was to discover. The woodland walk was a pleasant 3km steeped in woodland and leading to a great natural play area for kids including a sandpit, wicker playhouses and statues and train with carriages. What a treat and the views across the lake were stunning.

full steam ahead!

We stopped off at the lovely cafe after our walk and enjoyed some refreshments. Chocolate and raspberry, white chocolate and blueberry and Earl grey and lemon were just some of the wide selection available and it was a delight to sit outside with great views of the garden. At just £4.00 for a very generous slice of cake there was a choice for everyone and all who sampled were very satisfied. The farm shop offers some lovely items too and there was lots to be tempted by and it made for a really pleasant shopping experience.

For more information on your visit to the gardens at Wynyard click here.

We were gifted the family annual pass but our opinions are our own. For just £20 you can come and visit the garden in all seasons which we thought was well worth it, and you can bring your own picnic to eat at the many picnic benches dotted around on the walk.

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