Hopton Hall

Yesterday was perfect weather for a day in the White Peak National Park except we didn't quite get there. Instead we made our first visit of the year to a snowdrop garden. Hopton Hall Gardens lies just outside the National Park and is a commercial business providing holiday accommodation in its beautiful grounds. I have written about the property and its history previously so will try not to repeat myself.

The snowdrop area does not extend throughout the grounds and there is no great variety of cultivars. That said, the walk is uplifting, commencing through the light woodland area, paths newly laid, past the house and into the restored walled garden.  At this time of year, however, it is the thickly planted snowdrop drifts that lift the spirits.

 The small lake was so still and tranquil it does not require words. And one may stay in the house at a price. More within my price bracket are the tea rooms. I recommend the herb and cheese scones.

And then we moved on to the almost deserted Carsington Water, just a mile or so away. Normally it is packed. We were lucky. The sun shone and we did some more vigorous exercise walking by the lake. Plus, and in February this is a big bonus, we had a wonderful meal at the superb restaurant with an elevated view.


  1. Very uplifting! :) Big swathes of snowdrops along garden walks under a sunny sky - how wonderful!


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