Peover Hall Open Day for National Garden Society

Last weekend, Peover Hall opened its gates for the National Garden Society Open Garden Scheme, and it was an event to remember. The day was graced with stunning weather; the sun shone brightly, casting a warm glow over the gardens and creating a vibrant display of colours, complemented by the many sun dresses and hats worn by the visitors.

The event was a resounding success, with money raised for the National Garden Society. This impressive achievement was made possible through the generous contributions of the attendees and the unwavering support of the Brooks family. A heartfelt thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Brooks, their family for conducting tours and greeting guests. It was also wonderful to see and receive support from our returning staff member, Dan Osbourne. Thank you to Estate farmer Dom Fenton for his support too. 

The photographs captured by Mr. Brooks and family member Clementina beautifully documented the day, showcasing the charm and elegance of Peover Hall and its gardens.

Peover Hall, a Grade 2* listed Elizabethan family house dating back to 1585, provided a magnificent backdrop for the event. Nestled within 500 acres of 18th-century landscaped parkland, the formal gardens, designed between 1890-1900, featured a series of ‘garden rooms.’ These included clipped box hedges, a water garden, a Romanesque loggia, warm brick walls, secret passageways, topiary work, and walled gardens. The grounds also boasted a C19 dell and rockery, rhododendrons, pleached limes, working stables, estate cottages, and the parish church of St Lawrence, with its beautiful Mainwaring Chapels and effigies.

Visitors had the opportunity to explore the Grade I listed Carolean stables, built in 1654, known for their richly carved interior stalls, original Tuscan columns, and strap work. The adjacent Coach House, topped with a working bell tower added by Sir Henry Mainwaring in 1764, also drew much admiration. The historical significance of Peover Hall was further highlighted by its use during World War II by General George Patton of the United States 3rd Army and its subsequent restoration by the Brooks family since the 1960s.

Overall, the Peover Hall open day was a delightful experience for all who attended, providing a perfect blend of history, nature, and community spirit. The success of the event not only highlighted the beauty of Peover Hall but also the generosity and enthusiasm of everyone involved. Thank you once again to the Brooks family and all who supported this wonderful cause.

Find out more about Peover Hall here .

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