The Gardens at Willington Hall, Tarporley

Adam’s Full English breakfast was so full that he couldn’t eat it all. My porridge was beautifully creamy, I ladened it will Willington Hall’s own honey and it was terrific.

I ventured out into the gardens to thank the bees.

At this time of year the Willington bees are getting their goodies from the local lime trees, later in the year they head for the brambles. I love a bit of honey, but I couldn’t place where the sweet, smooth, rounded flavour had come from. It was the lime tree pollen that gave the real fullness to the  flavour of the unset honey.

Looking at the established and well balanced gardens, you’d never guess that the grounds were mostly grass and trees when Simon and his family took on the hall just fifteen years ago.

The planting is beautiful, the scale is perfect and the mix of formal and cottage garden is neat and comfortable. There’s a beautiful Holme Oak at the front of the hotel, and a newly planted mini wildflower meadow. Because of its setting in the landscape, sheltered from harsher weather, it’s like Willington Hall has it’s own ecosystem.

I’ve left the gate open, so come in, have a wander through the flowers…