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.

Snowdrop Weekend 20/21 February 11 – 4


Snowdrops in the herbaceous border

It is the run up to our Snowdrop weekend and Ken and Mary have been chopping things back and sorting things out. The herbaceous border is looking a little sad as we are still tackling the bindweed issue.  There will be lots to see, a lovely walk to be had and snowdrops are just beginning to stick their little lovely heads out, so should look fab by the time we open. Do take a look on our events page…




September Garden Open Weekend

The school holidays are charging on at a pace and soon we will be open again. We decided to add another date this year and as September can be a good month here, we thought we would strike early. There might not be loads of autumn colour, but leaving it much later and we would no doubt be competing with the wind and the rain for it to be any fun.

The War of the Roses weekend was so brilliant that I hope if you weren’t able to get round much of the gardens then, what with all the canon fire and battles, then you might visit us in September.

Lots to see and do and buy! If you haven’t been for a while there are a couple of garden developments to catch up with too. (just don’t mention the bindweed)