Craving the great outdoors? We feel ya. Between being stuck inside for half the year and baking tray after tray of banana bread, we’re definitely ready for a walk (or twelve – if not to just burn off all the crap we’ve eaten).With just two weeks left to go until we’re finally released from lockdown, here’s our guide to some of the best stately homes with magical gardens right here in Yorkshire.
*Some venues may be closed as a result of COVID-19.
1. Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens, East Yorkshire
A stunning home just outside of Driffield, East Yorkshire – Burton Agnes Hall prides itself on being a ‘family home you can share’. Built way back when in the 1600s, the stunning home boasts incredible landscaped gardens which include gorgeous blooms around every corner. The home itself is bursting with traditional charm, including stunning regal decor, some original features and family touches throughout. Burton Agnes Hall, Rudston Rd, Burton Agnes, Driffield, YO25 4NB.
2. Cusworth Hall, South Yorkshire
Sitting pretty on vast parkland, Cusworth Hall dates back to the 18th century, with plenty to explore for those looking for a wholesome weekend stroll. The landscaped gardens are enjoyable all year round, with the hall itself decorated beautifully – with a museum inside showcasing local history for all to enjoy. Cusworth Hall, Cusworth, Doncaster, DN5 7TU.
3. Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire
Offering both a walled garden, stunning parkland and a traditional country house that guests are free to explore, Scampston Hall is a great place to unwind – with modern, landscaped gardens which stray a little further out-there compared to your traditional flower garden. Expect bold, complimenting colours throughout, with traditional decor inside fitting perfectly with the hall’s history. Scampston Hall, Scampston, Malton, YO17 8NG.
4. Burton Constable Hall, East Yorkshire
Considered one of Yorkshire’s finest, Burton Constable Hall, nr Hull, is home to a fantastic restored stable block, beautiful parklands, gardens full of blooms and 30 traditional Elizabethan rooms within the hall to uncover. The garden is actually tended by local volunteers, too, so you can really see the love and thought put into the space when you visit. Burton Constable Hall, Skirlaugh, Hull, HU11 4LN.
5. Newby Hall and Gardens, North Yorkshire
Featuring stunning gardens that emulate something out of Downton Abbey, Newby Hall can be found in beautiful Ripon – which is pretty blessed with a number of stunning historic buildings. The Georgian house sits on 25-acres of land, with seriously impressive gardens showcasing cascading yellow wysteria and more. Newby Hall and Gardens, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon, HG4 5AE.
6. Harewood House, West Yorkshire
A true gem of Yorkshire, Harewood House is as magnificent in real life as it is in photos. Greeting guests with its cleverly landscaped gardens out front and offering 100 acres of gardens in total, there’s much to see and do throughout the Harewood estate, including waterfall spotting, deer spotting, and, of course, enjoying the sights. Harewood House, Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LE.
7. Castle Howard, North Yorkshire
A pleasant spot to visit all year round, Castle Howard is especially enchanting at Christmas – when the house is usually decorated for the festivities. The historic house in York is seriously impressive upon approach, with a huge water fountain, perfect hedges and a number of nature spots to see such as the Howardian Hills, the Yorkshire Arboretum and surrounding woodlands. Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA.
8. Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire
Wentworth Woodhouse is a spectacular Grade-I listed building in the idyllic village of Wentworth, Rotherham – providing escapism in the form of both beautiful architecture and stunning gardens, where you’ll find statues, blooming florals and perfectly sculptured landscapes. The lovely little village is well worth the stroll, too, thanks to its charming cottages and pretty streets. Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham, S62 7TQ.
9. Sewerby Hall and Gardens, East Yorkshire
Set right on the coastline by Flamborough, Sewerby Hall is as unique as they come – combining both the seaside with its traditional stately home landscape. Featuring 50-acres of perfect parkland and well cared for gardens, guests can take a wholesome stroll through either the rose garden, the walled gardens or the pleasure garden – with ample woodland to discover too. All before popping to nearby Flamborough Head for a bit of fresh sea air. Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1ED.
[Featured image: Castle Howard]