19th October 16

A record year at Adlington Hall

We can’t quite believe how quickly this year is passing by and that our Open Season is now over! September 25th saw us open the doors of Adlington Hall for the last Public Opening of 2016 and what a season it has been! We are delighted to have had a record year for visitors this year, having welcomed just under 3000 people over our 28 Public Open Days.

Part of the Historic Houses Association we are open for 28 days each year. This year we chose to open almost every Sunday, between 2pm and 5pm, from the beginning of April till the end of September.

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Our Public Open Days give the general public the opportunity to see areas of Adlington Hall that are usually kept under lock and key and learn all about the Legh family. We have fabulous Tour Guides that take it in turns to carry out informative and fun guided tours over the 3 hour period we are open. Each tour usually lasts about an hour and a quarter and includes visits to all floors of the North side of Adlington Hall.

The traditional Tea Room of Adlington Hall has also been open, offering a selection of homemade cakes and scones that can be enjoyed with a lovely pot of tea or fresh filter coffee.

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Traditional Tearoom of Adlington Hall

We have many visitors that come to enjoy the gardens of the Adlington Estate. Adlington Hall’s gardens and grounds are vast and unique. Facing the North Entrance of the Great Hall the Moat Gardens are joined to the quintessentially English Rose Garden and Yew Tree Maze (with a surprise at the centre!) by the most beautiful Laburnum Arcade. Only a very short walk from the main gates the East Courtyard includes the Parterre and Father Tiber Gardens, with tranquil water features. Within these areas there is so much to see and be enjoyed by all ages, however that is not all… Adlington Hall boasts a hidden gem, tucked away towards the back of the estate lies the Wilderness. Accessed through a stunning Lime Tree Walk, the Wilderness is home to a number of fabulous and one of a kind features; from Shell Cottage to Temple to Diana, the Hermitage to a running Cascade, each adds their own unique quality to the gardens and makes for a truly enjoyable day out.

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Adlington Hall’s ‘Hidden Gem’ Wilderness. Photographed by Mark Williamson

A major highlight of our year, and something we are certain contributed to the increase in visitors, was showcasing our award winning ‘Back to Back’ garden at RHS Tatton Flower Show in July. The amount of interest we had over the 5 days was phenomenal. Adlington Hall was also featured on a number of television programmes during the week, increasing profile as an attraction to visit.

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Anthony O’Grady, head gardener at Adlington Hall. Silver Gilt, award winning ‘Back to Back Garden’. RHS Tatton 2016

We are proud to have hosted a couple of events throughout the Open Season too. We support the NGS Garden Scheme and The Plant Hunters Fair, both are always fabulous days to visit us and this year was no exception. The sun shone brightly on both days and many people came to enjoy these events with us.

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Plant Hunter’s Fair, Adlington Hall and Gardens, May 2016

As well as it being a record breaking year we have also received some really lovely feedback over the last few months, some of are favourites being;

“Very good house tour – informative and friendly. Lovely house, so nice to see so many original features from distant times. Stopped for coffee and will go around the gardens next! Very impressed the Legh Family still here”

“Warm welcome as we arrived. Excellent guide for the tour, clear and at the right pace. Fabulous interesting house, now we’ll explore the garden. And excellent cake in the tea room”

“Received a very welcome reception arrival with lots of info on the walk around. Lovely, charming Tea Room, with good service. Ladies toilets are exceptional and very clean. Tour around the Hall was very informative.”

 

After such a fabulous year, we’re already looking forward to seeing what next year brings…

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