We hadn't been to Tatton Park, a National Trust property near Knutsford in Cheshire for ages, so, since we are once again members of the trust we decided, one day last week, to visit. On our last venture there we just walked in the parkland and had a guided tour around the Tudor Old Hall. This time we went into the Mansion and around the gardens.
We had wanted to visit the Tudor Old Hall again but it was closed so we made for the gardens and spent ages wandering around until the Mansion was open. Photography wasn't allowed inside although I have noticed this year that many properties have started to allow photographs to be taken as long as you don't use flash.
There was a wondeful walled kitchen garden and orchard. All the fruit and vegetables grown here are used in the restaurant and to make produce for the shop. Some of the freshly picked vegetables were on sale in the garden shop too.
As usual I took far too many photos and it has been difficult choosing which ones to show you but the ones I've chosen are from some of my favourite parts of the garden.
The gateway to the Tower Garden
Above and below are taken near Golden Brook as you head towards the Japanese garden, which was closed when we passed by. You can only go in on a guided tour. I loved the bridge and water lillies and the huge gunnera plants by the water.
Another favourite was the Fernery which was so light and airy inside
Ferns are such fascinating plants.
The pale pink fuchsia below was in the show house which was attached to the fernery. Next door the huge conservatory was being refurbished ready for opening early next year.
There is quite a lot more to see and do here; we didn't get to the farm but there is a little road train to take you there from the main car park. There was also a steam fairground next to the car park and picnic area as well as a huge carousel in the courtyard. It does cost £5 to park your car which came as a bit of a shock and our sandwiches and apple juice from the Stables restaurant cost double that and more and I only ate half of mine as the wasps in the outside seating area made me very uneasy - I'd forgotten about it being August and therefore wasp time as we found our table outside.
After the disappointment of finding the Tudor Old Hall closed even though it said on the website it would be open we wandered around and took some photos of the fallow deer in the park. They really are such beautiful creatures.