Closed now for 2019

We are now closed for the rest of the year – please keep an eye on our facebook page and on here (if I remember to update the website)


Thank you for visiting in 2019


Snowdrop weekend 2019 16-17th February 11-4

Come and see the snowdrops in the borders, enjoy the woodland and riverside walks. Bring the dog and enjoy a wander, the weather forecast looks good. Lots to see and do in the castle grounds and around the village of Hornby.

Hot drinks and cake for sale in the walled garden.

Plants for sale – Lay of the Land garden centre will be here selling their plants and gardening items.

Wyn Abbot pottery and ceramic exhibition in the castle pottery.

Chris Hill Textile art and Heather and Fell cushions and scarves will be in the castle drawing room.

A brief history of Hornby Castle talk by Sue Bull at 12 noon and 3pm in the castle drawing room hundreds of years of history of the castle told eloquently by our resident historian.

Hornby Tea rooms and Hornby Institute open for refreshments and Coach House Antiques will be open for the antique lover.


Snowdrop in the borders

Spidery witch hazel

Hellebore in the herbaceous border

A highlight from our friends at Lune Tube

This beautiful, peaceful video was produced by Lune Tube and is simply divine…enjoy


May Open Weekend 19/10th May 2018 & Ever thought about living in a castle?

Please could we have a little less rain! As we are frantically getting ready to open the gardens again in a few weeks time, the rain is (as usual) not helping. The gardens are finally coming to life though and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone through the gates….

Wild garlic


In other news we have a one bedroom flat to let – please get in touch through the website if you think you might be interested in living in a castle.


South Cottage

Snowdrop Weekend – 17-18th February it is nearly here…

We are looking forward to opening the gates this weekend – the weather forecast isn’t looking too bad either.

Open from 11-4 each day, bring the dog on a lead and have a good walk. Enjoy the snowdrops and an al fresco cup of tea!

Spring is on its way….

Spidery witch hazel

As snowdrops keep popping up in ever greater quantities we have been thinking about our open weekend for a while. (A reminder that we are open 17-18th February 11-4 each day.) This year we have had some challenges with trees around the pond being damaged in the storms and so this area has been re-planted with lots of new, but admittedly smaller trees and we have taken the opportunity to revamp this area completely; moving plants and generally giving everything a spring tidy as you will see if you make it to the open weekend. Snowdrops are looking good again this year. Some areas are really improving as the little white flowers begin to carpet the borders and woodland walks. Hellebores and Hamamelis are also out in good numbers for a bit of winter colour. Fingers crossed for a bright crisp and DRY weekend!

Snowdrop in the borders

B & B

Don’t forget you can stay at Hornby – we are not far off shutting the doors for the winter (it gets too cold!) but there are a couple of weeks still available – find us on Airbnb

May open weekend

Red rhododendron in the castle grounds

We are almost ready to open the gates again for our open weekend on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May (10.30am until 4.30pm each day) This wonderful rhododendron has just opened out, it feels late this year, but it still remains my favourite. There are lots of others opening around the garden.

The gardens look magical at this time of year and Ken, Mary and Reuben have worked exceptionally hard to get them to where you will see them in just over two weeks time. New borders are really taking hold and we have replenished the woodland path.

Do come and see us, Wyn Abbot who has moved her pottery studio to the castle gardens will be having an exhibition in this exciting new space. There are the usual history talks from Sue Bull at 12 noon and Ken Green – head gardener talk at 2pm.

Admission is £4 and children under 5 are free. Refreshments served on site and of course don’t forget the dog and their lead!

My favourite rhododendron in the garden

Snowdrop weekend 2017 (18/19th February 11am – 4pm)



Nearly time to open the gates again for this years Snowdrop weekend. As is always the case here at Hornby, we have had a busy year making changes and trying to improve things so there is plenty to see. Some of the new borders we have been working on are beginning to really settle down and we have seen lots of new growth and happy plants with lots of buds. The snowdrops are really beginning to come out now, so in a couple of weeks when you pop in to see us, everything should be looking really in bloom. Remember to bring the dog and some sturdy walking shoes!




Snowdrops and Hellebores in the herbaceous border

What’s happening in the garden – February

The new wall and planting

Visitors to the garden this year will notice some developments around and about. We have been working on an area towards the top of the drive and through the course of removing bramble and two conifers which had past their sell by date we uncovered a wall feature previously hidden. Although there is still work to be done, we have planted snowdrops on the different levels making an attractive feature to the garden.Of course the flooding in December and the months following have caused us issues with some of the banking being washed away in areas and fences down, but we are tidying things up as best we can.

More snowdrops have been planted along the river path which should increase year on year to provide a more continuous white carpet.

The herbaceous project is still ongoing, and the bed is now completely empty of perennials and we are dealing with the
bindweed root as the weather conditions allow, the weather here this winter has been less than favourable for this job but we will continue as soon as possible.