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COTTESBROOKE HALL

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Cottesbrooke
Northamptonshire
NN6 8PF

10 miles north of Northampton.

13 acres

Tel
01604 505808

Visit website

Opening Hours

General opening, 2 May–end of Sep. 2pm–5.30pm, Wed & Thur (May & Jun), Thur only (Jul–Sep); plus 2pm–5.30pm BH Mons (May-Sep) and Thur 2 Jun (spring BH); closed Fri 3 Jun (Jubliee BH).

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open (excludes events).

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Free carer entry
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Colour themed borders
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Sculpture
  • Water garden
  • Wildlife planting and features

About the garden

Owned by
Alastair & Sheran Macdonald-Buchanan

The remarkable 18th-century landscaping of the park, with its vistas and lakes, provides the backdrop to the hall. The renowned gardens are of great variety with many specimen trees.     

In the tranquil Wild Garden designed around a stream, visitors will enjoy an array of wildflowers, specimen acers and gunneras. The more formal gardens surrounding the hall are laid out as a series of individually planted ‘rooms’. There are pergolas, statues and rose borders, double herbaceous borders, pools and lily ponds and, on the south front, the formal parterre.  

The gardens run to 13 acres in total. A number of distinguished designers have been involved in the development of the gardens: Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and Dame Sylvia Crowe in the middle of the 20th century; and more recently, James Alexander Sinclair and Arne Maynard.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Asters
  • Clematis
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Primulas
  • Roses
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Topiary
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.