My sister-in-law and her family live in Littlethorpe, so we know the village just on the edge of Ripon rather well. On Sunday afternoon, we walked there and then the tree of us - my sister, sister-in-law and I - walked down the road to Littlethorpe Manor.
None of us had expected something so beautiful, so well maintained, so large - and all that for a fiver, including tea and cakes in the well-stocked tea tent! The proceedings all went to charity; this Open Garden was part of the NGS Gardens open for charity. You can find out more about this here. Littlethorpe Manor is mentioned there, too: click here for more information.
Now to my pictures - be warned, there are LOTS of them, but I can't decide which ones to leave out!
Coming onto the drive, the house - not open to visitors - is to the right. We went straight ahead towards the grounds.
Private home next door - I wouldn't say no to this one, either!
Croquet lawn and the house:
View across the lawn all the way down to the "temple":
The wooden pavilion is part of the large terrace/patio, which was not open to the public:
A small exhibition in what used to be the brew house shows the progress of the work since the 1980s, when the Thackray family bought the estate, and informs about future projects for the grounds:
Even the visitors' toilet was posh!!
After a visit to the tea tent - with a fantastic selection of home-made scones, cakes, muffins and cupcakes, all donated and served by the good ladies of Littlethorpe - we made our way across to the pond:
Wildflower meadows - these never fail to make me want to have one of my own:
It had been a great afternoon out, and we hope my sister-in-law will be able to take my niece and my mother-in-law there in September for the next "Open Garden" day.
More events and a lot of information about the gardens can be found on their own website.