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
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
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
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.