The 18th century house is set in a Repton landscape with a magnficient Walled Garden, lakes and a more recent addition, the Italian Garden. This has a fountain, Italian cypress and olive trees and was inspired by the gardens at Ninfa. Ada Bootle Wilbraham was married to Duke Onorato Caetani. On my visit, this part of the garden was closed.
At the time of writing, the gardens are open on Wednesdays and Bank Holiday Mondays 11.00am – 4.00pm.
RHS and HHA members gain free entry except at special events.
Roger Wilbraham bought Rode Hall in 1669 from his cousin Randle Rode.
Roger’s son Randle rebuilt the Hall c1700. His son Randle Wilbraham increased the size of the house and built a folly castle.
In 1790, Richard Wilbraham Bootle invited Humphry Repton to draw up a ‘Red Book’ for the grounds. None of his ideas were executed until 1803 when John Webb was asked to improve the Park by adding two lakes in the ‘Wild Garden’ – the ‘less water’ or ‘Stew Pond’ and the ‘Rode Pool’.
W A Nesfield was asked to Rode Hall in 1860s to improve the grounds near the house.