Working in London as an interior designer, I was lucky enough to work on some rather remarkable projects. One of my highlights was the redesign of a suite of rooms in Eaton Hall, Cheshire, U.K. During the installation process, we enjoyed the extraordinary privilege to view the gardens in private. A wonderful memory of this amazing time in my life. So let’s take a walk through the spectacular gardens of Eaton Hall, Cheshire.
Eaton Hall – a brief history
There has been a hall on the Eaton Estate since the 17th century, in fact there have been four to be precise. The current incarnation is a heavily adapted version of the modernist style hall built by the fifth Duke of Westminster. Whilst the private family chapel and clock tower which date from the 1860’s are the remaining vestiges of the previous hall, with its confection of high gothic Victorian architecture.
The Gardens of Eaton Hall
Eaton Park covers an impressive 800 acres, 88 acres of which are the grade II listed formal gardens. The gardens of Eaton Hall beautifully blend structure and formality with the wild landscape, as they relax to meet the parkland beyond.
The Rose Gardens
Plenty remains to enjoy even after the roses have finished their bloom.
The Wild Flower Meadow
Paths mown through the wild flower meadow, lead to the beautiful stone bench beyond.
The Dragon Gardens
The Dragon Gardens are sensational, punctuated with sculpture and mass planting.
The foundations of the gardens we see today date from the time of the gothic hall, which was demolished in the 1960’s. Unfortunately when the new modernist style hall was built in the 1970’s the garden suffered significant damage. As part of the Hall’s major face lift in the early 1990’s, renowned garden designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd was employed to reinstate and greatly enhance the gardens.
Lioness and Kudu Pond
Lioness and Kudu pond, named for dynamic these sculptures, is a truly memorable area of the garden. Full of life and vitality, they seem ready to leap into action and bound their way across the garden to the Parrot House beyond.
Finally the Parrot House, radiating a soft glow from its warm local stone. A perfect place for a semi-alfresco dinner party or a queen to take up residence.