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17. Nunnington Hall and Gardens

A National Trust Property in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, England

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The first medieval Nunnington Hall was mentioned in the 13th century after which the Hall has had several owners including William Parr, Dr Robert Huicke, Richard Graham, 1st Viscount Preston, the Rutson family and the Fife family. The present building is a combination of progressive modifications from the late 16th century to the 19th century, but most of what you see today was created during the 1680s, when Richard Graham, 1st Viscount Preston, was its owner. Nunnington Hall presents itself as country house in Ryedale, North Yorkshire and the River Rye gently flows by Nunnington Hall. An 18th century stone bridge over the river Rye separates the grounds of the house from the village. Nunnington Hall is owned, conserved and managed as a visitor attraction by the National Trust.

 



 

 

There is a large car park serving Nunnington Hall and you then cross over a footbridge over the River Rye to reach the building and garden.

 

The lovely 3-arched road bridge over the River Rye by Nunnington Hall

 

Reflections! from this small, but finely built 18th century bridge

 

The west wing of Nunnington Hall where you find the entrance and a fine wire mesh sculpture of a horse

 

Nunnington Hall west wing elevation, incorporating the oldest parts from the 16th century. Most of the lovely mullioned windows have had to be renewed, but note the large chimneybreast and neat little gabled dormers on either side.

 

The wire mesh sculpture of a horse at Nunnington Hall

 

Cast duck and ducklings sculpture for sale at Nunnington Hall, see other art works for sale below.

 

Sculpture at Nunnington Hall

 

The 'Stone Hall' of Nunnington Hall, this west-facing room is in the oldest part of the building and dates from the late sixteenth century. On the walls are preserved animal skins as trophies, a collection of arms and armour and also some large brown-wood furniture. On the west wall a modern, (1920s) fireplace is built in the style of the sixteenth century (Tudor-Elizabethan). The hunting trophies consist of animal hides and heads, elephant, rhinoceros, lion, tiger and antelope among them and souvenirs from World War II.

 

The ground to the south of Nunnington Hall. Its well worth a visit to this picturesque Yorkshire manor house with organic garden and exciting exhibitions. Nunnington Hall is a  beautiful Yorkshire manor house, nestling on the banks of the River Rye which gently flows past the Tea Garden and accompanying kiosk for refreshments! You can explore the various period rooms whilst hearing, from the guides, the Hall's many tales and discover one of the world's finest collections of miniature rooms in the attic. Nunnington Hall is rightly famed for its picturesque location, organic walled garden with spring-flowering meadows, flamboyant resident peacocks and varying programme of exclusive and high profile art and photography exhibitions, so Nunnington Hall offers something for everyone to enjoy and lots of hands on wildlife activities for children (or adults!).

 

Profile of the south elevation of Nunnington Hall, the south facade dates from around 1680, i.e. of the time of Richard Grantham, first Viscount Preston. The south side has a central five-bay section with to-bay shallow projections. Nunnington Hall has several late 17th century gatepiers and gateways with bulgy layers of rustication!

 

 

 

South facing wall and flower beds at Nunnington Hall

 

A tree decorated with coloured strips of paper at Nunnington Hall

 

The view of Nunnington Hall from the south west

 

Deck chairs provided free at Nunnington Hall

 

The green avenue running south from Nunnington Hall. Nunnington Hall stands within 8 acres of organically managed grounds, with the main walled garden lying to the south of the building. Nunnington Hall's Walled Garden includes lawns, orchards, formal Rose beds, mixed borders, a Tea Garden, and an Iris Garden. The orchards of Nunnington Hall are managed as wildflower meadows containing flowers such as Cowslip, Primrose, Snake's Head Fritillary, Buttercup and Camassia all growing below the fruit trees of which most are traditional Ryedale varieties

 

Nunnington Hall gardens

 

 

Nunnington Hall Gardens

 

 

Ugly sculpture!

Pretty flower!

The Wildlife Corridor

Bird spotting and information

The potting shed

Magazines to browse through!

An eco friendly garden seat!

Large scale game of 'Only connect'

Male scarecrow!

Female scarecrow!

The cutting garden

A small 'formal' garden

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The 'Children's Area' in Nunnington Hall Gardens

As well as the gardens and 'things for children' there is the cafe and lots of green grass to run around on in the grounds of Nunnington Hall

 

On the right the east wing of Nunnington Hall

 

Thr River Rye by the 'kiosk' area Nunnington Hall

 

Watch out for one of Nunnington Hall's loud grumpy? peacock birds

Nunnington Hall

 

To the Tea Gardens & Kiosk

A game of chess!

Tea garden of Nunnington Hall

The important Kiosk hatch and menus!

Lovely snacks at Nunnington ...

... good choice of nicely prepared food

There is also a cafe inside the main building of Nunnington Hall, so a choice for lunches or afternoon teas. There is also a gift shop at Nunnington Hall

 

As a base singer in the Dalesman Singers Male Voice Choir, it was a pleasure to take part in a Christmas Concert in the Oak Hall of Nunnington Hall (December 2015). We were well catered for in an adjacent 'anteroom' with tea, coffee and mince pies, as you can see below!

 

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