Mannington Hall and Gardens in Norfolk

Picture (c) by John Ashley Photography

Mannington Hall and Gardens is owned by Lord and Lady Walpole. An attractive 15th century moated battlemented flint and stone hall with 19th century additions, located in beautiful landscaped gardens.  
Mannington is famous for its Heritage Rose Garden which is sited in an acre of walled garden to the north of the Hall. The garden contains thousand of roses in different hues, different types and various sizes. There are lots of place to sit and admire and of course most importantly take in the wonderful perfume.  

Mannington also has a lake and lake side walk. There is a tea room, garden shop, childrens play area and picnic area. The approach to the hall is across highly manicured green lawns with large mature cedar trees. 
The Hall itself is distinctly quirky with highly ornate chimney pots and is open to the public at certain times throughout the year. 

Links with Peter Beales encouraged the development of the rose collection, and as it grew the family decided to clear the old walled garden in order to create more space for the roses.

Rose collections in other parts of the country are usually planted for purely aesthetic reasons, or by rose type. In this garden they hit on the interesting idea of planting roses in date order. Roses have been planted in small separate gardens with designs typical of their periods, so each becomes a living chapter of garden history.

There are a large number of climbing roses draped across trellises, dotted along the paths, which add to the pleasure of ones stroll. 

Mannington also has twenty miles of nature trails and footpaths through woodland, meadows and wetland all located in the picturesque Bure Valley. There is a small but interesting exhibition on the history of the rose, with a lot of factual information which give the background of the different varieties and types.

Picture (c) by John Ashley Photography