What to do on a summer’s day: Hatfield House invites you for an exclusive tour of the Private Gardens

PUBLISHED: 09:28 06 August 2020

'The Garden at Hatfield House dates back to the early 17th Century and the time of King James.' Picture: Hatfield House

'The Garden at Hatfield House dates back to the early 17th Century and the time of King James.' Picture: Hatfield House

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The beautiful landscape, magnificent historic gardens and Woodland Walks make Hatfield House a perfect ‘daycation’ for the family, and now you can stay a while longer to enjoy an evening tour of the Private Gardens with the Head Gardener Andrew Turvey, and sipping a glass of bubbles as you smell the blooms.

The special evening Garden tours give visitors an insight into the features and story of the gardens. Picture: Hatfield HouseThe special evening Garden tours give visitors an insight into the features and story of the gardens. Picture: Hatfield House

We spoke to Head Gardener, Andrew Turvey, who gave us a sneak peek behind the scenes.

Q: What makes the Garden at Hatfield so special?

There is a wonderful sense of calm the Park and Gardens here provide - I think we can all benefit from some time outdoors at the moment.

The Garden at Hatfield House dates back to the early 17th Century and the time of King James.

From rose borders in bloom to elegant parterres, topiary and rare plants, you can wander among the long meadow grass and box hedge borders bursting with colour - summer is one of the best times to experience Hatfield.

Hatfield is the largest private estate in Hertfordshire and is a great place for the whole family to enjoy a day out. Picture: Hatfield HouseHatfield is the largest private estate in Hertfordshire and is a great place for the whole family to enjoy a day out. Picture: Hatfield House

Q: Tell us about the special evening Garden tours

This is a pretty special tour – not only will you experience the landscape around the House in a complete 360 degrees but I’ll be walking you through areas you wouldn’t normally see, giving you a real insight into the features and story of the Gardens – including Lord and Lady Salisbury’s Private Garden.

The Gardens are looking at their best right now and a highlight for me is standing at the East Garden looking across ‘New Pond’ to the view of the House. It’s quite magical. Add in a VIP arrival driving up to the House, a glass of bubbles, and some splendid blooms, what’s not to love?

Book tickets and find out more about ‘Blooming Bubbles’ happening Thursday evenings, every 2 weeks through to September.

Head Gardener, Andrew Turvey, takes visitors on the special evening tour himself. Picture: Hatfield HouseHead Gardener, Andrew Turvey, takes visitors on the special evening tour himself. Picture: Hatfield House

Q: What can a family do on a day out at Hatfield?

With Garden Walks, Woodland Walks, and ancient trees, Hatfield has plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy a day out.

There is a splendid oak tree which marks the place where the young Princess Elizabeth first heard of her accession to the throne – she spent a lot of time here as did her father, Henry VIII.

Children can be entertained with our new discovery map, searching for different wildlife and trees as they go. The Stable Yard shops are also open for some retail therapy and refreshments.

Know before you go

Please visit www.hatfield-house.co.uk for up to date information. The House is not currently open to visitors but the park and gardens and are open Thursday-Sunday 10:30am - 5:30pm.

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