The garden is the star at Nunnington Hall
- 13 July 2021 -
Nunnington Hall is just a 10 mile drive along the edge of the North York Moors from Coxwold via Byland and Ampleforth. Nunnington takes its name from a nunnery, likely in the present location of Hall, which existed prior to the Norman conquest before being dissolved around 1200.
Whilst Nunnington Hall has a history dating back to the thirteenth century, the present building is mainly a combination of seventeenth and eighteenth century work. The last family to live in the property were the Rutson/Fifes who undertook major restoration in the 1920s overseen by the York-based architect Walter Brierley – which means Nunnington has the feel of a twentieth-century Arts & Crafts house by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Inside there is an interesting display of miniature room settings and, for the remainder of 2021, there are even a couple of sizeable wall-hangings by Grayson Perry.
However, the garden is really the star at Nunnington. Managed organically there are lovely lawns, wildflower meadows, fruit trees, rose walks and resident peacocks – always photogenic! When we visited there were a number of volunteers enthusiastically tending to the vegetable garden. The National Trust, who have run the property since 1952, has helpfully provided a number of traditional deck chairs in which visitors can relax and absorb their surroundings. Although standing alongside the River Rye, the house and garden actually look away from the river, although you cross it from when walking from the discrete car park area. There are some lovely walks in the area. Then come back to Coxwold and relax in our luxury holiday cottage or shepherd’s hut and enjoy our lovely gardens.