My thanks to Eleanor who pointed out that this lovely place is just a stone’s throw from Myddleton House which I talked about last week. In fact Forty Hall and estate prides itself on being one of England’s finest historic houses set in its own estate, with walled garden, formal and informal gardens, lakes, lawns, and meadows. I have passed it many times on plant buying trips but have never taken the time to visit but this fine landscape is much-loved and used by many who come to stroll around the estate, walk their dogs, picnic and admire the scenery.
The Estate parkland contains the archaeological remains of Elsynge Palace, developed from a Tudor hunting lodge and medieval manor, frequented by King Henry VIII and was the childhood home of Prince Edward (later King Edward VI) and princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth I). The site and surrounding land is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is the subject of annual archaeological digs. So if you’re a Wolf Hall fan you can imagine yourself walking with the King here.
Look out for events held too such as the Spring Craft Fair which is taking place next weekend on the 14 March when you will be able to get close to new born lambs from the farm too. There is a real feel of the countryside here – and it’s so very close by.
Opening times until 31st March: Tuesday to Friday: 11am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12 noon – 4pm More info: www.fortyhallestate.co.uk