Doddington Hall, designed by Robert Smythson, one of England’s foremost Elizabethan architects, was started in 1595 and completed in 1600. It was built for Thomas Tailor, a lawyer, the recorder to the Bishop of Lincoln. It has never been sold, and has passed down through many generations of the family. The result, after 400 years of continuous occupation, is a house full of fascinating collections of furniture, weaponry, paintings, ceramics, textiles, household objects, porcelain, a wealth of amusing stories, and is still a much- loved family home.
The gardens are just as spectacular as the Hall itself. Remaining faithful to the original layout, mellow walls provide the framework for the formal East and West gardens. The East front garden has patterned box hedging and topiary. The West garden is a riot of colour from spring to autumn, the wide borders being filled with botanical surprises, and box-edged parterres. Beyond these there are the lovingly restored Wild gardens, full of scented flowers and shrubs throughout the seasons. The Kitchen garden was restored in 2007 and now provides fruit and vegetables for the restaurant and Farm Shop.
Guide price: £35.00