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 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

New Event – the Sir John Savile Household

Very exciting news here at Hornby, we are hosting the Sir John Savile Household on the 27 – 28 June 2015, they are a historical re-enactment society and they will be here for two days.

Come and experience life during the 15 century, Wars of the Roses.

See how Sir John’s men were trained in the arts of warfare – including the mighty English warbow, see his spearmen armed with the feared English Bill and marvel at his guns, the pinnacle of military technology!

The dances of the time will be performed by the household and join in if you wish. The camp will also have members of the group in full period dress so there will be chances to learn about the clothing, fashions and status.

We will be opening the gardens as usual and there will be refreshments on site, as well as a pottery and ceramic exhibition and historical talks in the castle drawing room.

Put the date in your diary and come along!


Hornby Castle Garden Open weekend

The Wild Garlic and Bluebells in May

The Wild Garlic and Bluebells in May

Well the open weekend is nearly here, we have trimmed, chopped, mown, weeded, planted, weeded some more and the farmer is moving the cows so we can park on the field (fingers crossed).

It is forecast to be sunny – hurrah! – so if you are nearby come and take a look. 25/26 May 10.30-4.30 entrance £3, woodland and riverside walks, talks on the history of the castle, ceramic sculpture & pottery selling exhibition, garden talks by Ken Green our resident award winning gardener, plus plenty of gorgeous plants to buy and even stop for a cup of tea and some cake.

See you this weekend, and don’t forget to bring the dog!

Not long now – Hornby Castle Open Weekend

2013-05-08 19.53.18With the joy of a bit of rain, but quite a lot of sun, the garden is doing its best to catch up, lots of flowers are out on the early rhododendrons and the azalea by the pond is looking fabulous.

I am personally enjoying the blossom on some of the trees that we planted last year even if the rabbits seem to have nibbled one quite badly and another has been attacked by deer. We have lost so many trees in the various gales in the last 2 years, it is great to see the next generation of replacements growing and I can’t wait to get more in to the garden gradually over the next year or so.

The wildlife is getting going too, cows are back in the fields, there are newts in the pond, hedgehogs mating on the drive, oyster catchers on the river and the occasional otter has also been seen.

This also means we are gearing ourselves up for the late May opening, 25th/26th this year and the garden is really taking shape, by then we will be in prime position for everything to be in bloom and the garden to be at its best. Let’s hope the sun stays!