Grounds & Gardens

Grounds & Gardens at Lotherton

The beautiful Edwardian gardens cover an impressive eight acres and include a walled garden with rose beds and herbaceous borders featuring scented flowers, creepers and perennials.

Edwardian Gardens

The gardens cover eight acres and were designed as a series of enclosed gardens by Mrs Gwendolen Gascoigne between 1893 and 1914, with few changes up to her death in 1949.

The old Walled Garden was transformed into an “old-fashioned” garden filled with rose beds and herbaceous borders with scented flowers, tender creepers and perennials. The William and Mary Garden was built with a sunken pond and plant walls.

Part of the Victorian shrubbery was made into a rock garden, with winding sunken paths and a hard tennis court was laid out overlooking the pasture. Today, the gardens are being slowly restored.

The Estate

Beyond the formal gardens, you will find woodlands and the former farmland now made up of the orchard, deer park and open grassy fields for picnics and play.

  • Orchard

    Planted in 2005 in partnership with the Northern Fruit Group, there are 109 varieties of trees, including many from the Yorkshire region. A meandering path through the trees gets you close to the beautiful blossom in the spring time and the apples at harvest time. Look out for Harvest Days in the Autumn.

  • Deer Park

    Our herd of red deer live in the old ridge and furrow fields now managed as parkland. From the Deer Hide you can watch (and hear!) the rut in the autumn as the stag gathers the hinds (females) together, then look out for the babies born from late May.

  • Play Areas

    Lotherton is a great place to let off steam and everyone can make use of our play fields. Feel free to bring your own games, fly a kite or have a kick about with your friends and family.