The three siblings got together in M’s house in Yorkshire for the weekend – what a treat! As I’m the garden historian, it was down to me to find a garden which none of us had visited before. Kiplin Hall was the result – and an added bonus to the fascinating house and gardens were the raspberries, straight from the Walled Garden. Again, we were so lucky with the weather.

Kiplin Hall is about 5 miles east of the A1(M), halfway between Northallerton and Richmond.

The gardens have recently been restored – start your walk with the gardens surrounding the house.

                                                                       The Sensory Garden
                                               The White Garden
                                               The Maze

The Folly is on the far side of the lake – it’s a lovely walk and there are great views back to the Hall. The castellated building was probably built in the nineteenth century for Lady Tyrconnell.

View over the lake to the folly


View over the lake to the folly
View over the lake to the house

Before heading into the Walled Garden, wander around the outside and see the site of a greenhouse, a meandering stream and the niches in the wall that would have originally been filled with bee hives probably made from willow or hazel.

view of exterior of walled garden with frame of greenhouse
Stream meandering through overhanging trees
six niches in outside wall of Walled Garden - originally would have had bee hives in them

And now for the Walled Garden – there’s a fascinating history of the gardens at Kiplin Hall in the potting shed.

Arch into the Walled Garden
Grass central pathway flanked by beds in the Walled Garden
FLowers in the Walled Garden
Greenhouse and flowers inside the Walled Garden
Greenhouse in the Walled Garden with wild flowers growing outside

The History of Kiplin Hall

The House was originally built as a Hunting Lodge c1625, for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I. Calvert later became 1st Lord Baltimore and was granted a royal charter by Charles I to settle a region in the Americas which was later called Maryland. Calvert died five weeks before the Charter was sealed, leaving the settlement of the Colony to his son, Cecil.

In 1937, Bridge Elizabeth Talbot shared ownership of Kiplin Hall with her first cousin Sarah Turnor. Unsuccessful in their attempt to get the National Trust interested in buying the estate, Miss Talbot set up the Kiplin Hall Trust which took over the running of the place after Miss Talbot’s death in 1971. Miss Talbot was a fascinating woman – her history is told through photographs, letters and other documents in the house.

                                               Wild Flowers in the Walled Garden

There’s a cafe on site and don’t miss the stall just outside the Walled Garden which has freshly picked fruit and veg for sale – we bought some absolutely delicious raspberries.

flowers on the right of a grass path with the arch into the Walled Garden in the background
the pond outside the Walled Garden with gunnera growing
Close-up of comma butterfly on a white flower


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