Cholmondeley Castle and Gardens, Castles and Forts Malpas, Cheshire - England where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


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Welcome to Cholmondeley Castle. The romantic castle - a product of the early 19th century - stands on a high rise above a lake. The castle is surrounded by sweeping lawns and a variety of mature trees, including cedars of lebannon, oak, and chestnut. The gardens surrounding the castle provide a lovely mix of colour and height, with intriguing walks around the lake. There is a temple water garden, rose garden, a variety of mixed borders. Plantings are planned to provide colour at all times of the year. There is a children's play area, picnic site, and rare breeds farm animals, including llamas and African pygmy goats. Farm animals and aviary: A short walk from the very popular Tea Room (producing a variety of food) takes you to the stables and paddocks, where you will see the farm animals. Young and old alike are entertained by African pygmy goats climbing up and down the circular steps of the goat tower, inquisitive llamas, Shetland ponies, varieties of sheep, pigs and the famous Longhorn Cattle. The Gardens: Cholmondeley Castle Garden is said by many to be among the most romantically beautiful gardens they have seen. Even the wild orchids, daisies and buttercups take on an aura of glamour in this beautifully landscaped setting. Plant Sales Area and Kitchen Garden - Newly extended this year, the walled Nursery at Cholmondeley now offers vegetable plants as well as garden plants and seedlings taken from all over the garden for you to take home and grow on yourselves. Competitively priced and well cared for, all of our nursery stock has been tended by the Estate's gardeners and should provide pleasure for years to come. Why not collect your plants on the way out after your visit to the gardens? Rose Garden- There is a very pretty rose garden surrounded by mixed borders, containing a large variety of herbaceous plants. The roses are also intermingled with honeysuckle and under planted with varieties of lavender. Temple Water Garden- Architecturally and picturesquely this is the piece de resistance of Cholmondeley Gardens. A gatehouse leads visitors into the Temple Garden, where giant koi carp swim lazily in the small lake. The waterside planting changes dramatically with the seasons. The Mosaic- The stunning pebblestone mosaic by Maggy Howarth was specially commissioned by Lady Cholmondeley as a memorial to her late husband. It reflects certain aspects of his life. Look closely at the cobblestones and see how many different things you can spot. The mosaic is sited near the three grass beds halfway down the slope from the Gift Shop towards the Tea Room. Terrace and Lily pond Garden- The Terrace area contains several climbers including roses and a very mature Cytisus battandieri covered with golden, pineapple-scented flowers in June/July. Tower Hill - woodland walk- A woodland walk behind the Tea Room for all the family and their dogs to enjoy. Well planted with trees and shrubs which are now reaching maturity. The woodland floor can be covered with snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells and wild flowers. Once at the top of the hill visitors are rewarded with panoramic views of Beeston and Peckforton Hills with the Welsh Hills in the distance. Silver Garden- This small garden contains some Bakewell Ironwork and the lead figure of a huntsman. It was planted with many silver-leaved plants to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. The Lake Nature Trail- The lake is called Deer Park Mere and has an extensive bird and waterfowl population monitored and recorded by the Nantwich Natural History Society. The nature trail is a lovely walk for visitors and was recently improved with the aim of providing a free environmental facility for schools and people with special needs. When visiting this area it is advisable to wear appropriate footwear as walkways can flood in bad weather. Group guided visits, on garden open days, can be booked through the Castle Office. Opening Times 2009: Sunday 5th April 2009 - Sunday 27th September 2009 Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am - 5pm (Castle only open for groups by pre-arrangement on limited days)
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