English Gardens - East Midlands
Attractive formal gardens and a woodland walk with
Priory gardens are only open for 5-6 weeks from early
February for the snowdrops and are a popular day out with
locals. It is a very slick operation.
The Priory is set in the depths of the Nottinghamshire countryside to the south west of Blyth. The house was altered and enlarged in the C19th, when it became known as Hodsock Priory. It is not normally open to the public. The family live in the old servants quarters and the rest of the house is used for weddings or corporate events. The lovely brick gatehouse is C15th and was possibly built in anticipation of a visit by Henry VIII.
The Priory is set in 800 acres of countryside and surrounded by grass with mature trees. Around the house are the formal gardens and a lawn leads down to an ornamental lake with open countryside beyond.
There is signed walk through the formal gardens around the house with streams, terraced rock gardens and trees.
In February it is a riot of colour with snowdrops, winter aconites, daffodils, dutch irises, cyclamen and winter Helebores in all shades and many different scented flowering shrubs. There are wooden seats along the walk to sit and enjoy the gardens.
The woodland garden walk takes you through open woodland with oaks, beech and birch trees. The ground is white with snowdrops and it is a beautiful sight.
In a grove is a bonfire with seats round it. At weekends the old potting shed by the bonfire sells bacon butties.
A marquee on the lawn serves cakes as well as hot meals. Plant sales near the car park have a selection of snowdrops, cyclamen, helebores and scented flowering shrubs.
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