Visiting the gardens of Cheshire is one of my favourite things to do and Cholmondeley castle is by far one of my favourites.
The castle itself is breath-taking, with its white arched windows and iconic turrets, it really is beautiful to look at. However what makes Cholmondeley Castle so charming, are the gardens that surround it.
The gardens are the life’s work of the late Lavinia, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, who continued to be involved in the development of them until into her 90s. During the summer, I’d highly recommend taking a look at the rose garden, which is by far the most beautiful I’ve ever been to. There is a lot of lavender planted in the rose garden as well, so the smells as you enter are beautiful. The rose garden is great for children as well, because of the bright colours and smells it is great as a sensory experience.
The temple garden is stunning and somewhere I’d like to return to in the spring, as I can imagine it being quite enchanting as the spring time flowers comes into bloom.
Cholmondeley Castle offers the chance for children to become immersed in nature, with its parkland, large patches of grass, steeped banks which are perfect for rolling down and large mature trees dotted throughout the estate. We also came across a patch of bamboo, which Oliver loved running through and of course then Elijah wanted to explore as well. So we played hide and seek for a while before we carried on exploring.
There is also a small farm on the estate, which is home to pigs, goats, cows, llamas, alpacas and some Shetland ponies. Whenever we talk about castles with Oliver, he always thinks back to the goats at Cholmondeley Castle climbing up the tower in their enclosure.
For children, there are also play areas and ‘The Den’, which includes log seating, a bug hotel and wood carvings among other things. Oliver loved playing on the climbing frame and the slide with Mr. C, while I took a rare moment to spend time with just Elijah by sitting on the swing with him.
The day was relatively cheap, because we took a picnic with us, which was so lovely and quintessentially English. Later on in the afternoon we did stop by the café for some tea and cake. There are often events on at Cholmondeley Castle, when we visited there was a jazz band playing in the structure outside of the café. I’m a huge fan of jazz music, so listening to it in beautiful surroundings, on a warm summer’s day with my little family was just perfect. (You can visit the Cholmondely Castle website for admission prices).
I’d recommend planning a trip to Cholmondeley castle, it is such a hidden gem of Cheshire and well worth a visit.