Making summer special

The south view of Canons Ashby

Whether gentle and relaxing, or energetic and invigorating, there are special times to enjoy and memories to be made, at this wonderful Tudor manor house with its rare terraced gardens and early medieval landscape.

Take a stroll in the garden this summer
Two women enjoying the garden
Take a stroll in the garden this summer

 In the Gardens

Take a relaxing walk around the garden. See the flower beds full of vibrant colours and the lower terraces flourishing with fruit and vegetables or have a go at the lawn games.

The front of the house is a riot of dahlias, argyranthemums and fuchsias. As you stroll a little further around the top terrace and sundial terrace, you'll find heliotropes and, in commemoration of the first world war centenary, different varieties of white flowers.

As you continue towards the lion gates there's plenty to see in the vegetable garden. This year there's Cordon sweet peas, and different varieties of potatoes, onions and garlic. The fruit and vegetables grown here will be used by our restaurant as soon as they're ripe, so make sure you visit the Stables tea room to try them for yourself. Any surpus is left by the potting shed available for you to take home, for a small donation.

For the family there is plenty to do with the little ones: have a look at our family fun article or what's on section.

Canons Ashby's gardens are a welcome home for wildlife
Two bees on a sunflower
Canons Ashby's gardens are a welcome home for wildlife

Looking after nature

Here we plant for nature and wildlife, as well as for visitors. We select plants which we know our insects and birds will love. The paddock is mown regularly to encourage an increasing variety of wildlife species. Enjoy a picnic in the paddock surrounded by wildflowers and butterflies.

Love nature? Try to spot some of our special birds making their homes at Canons Ashby. Look out for swallows and swifts, darting across the pebble court or song thrushes and goldcrests in the garden.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in our gardens and grounds
Wren singing against a blue sky
Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in our gardens and grounds

Go further afield

Want to stretch your legs? Have an explore around the Parkland, the perfect place to burn off some energy this summer!  There are animals grazing here so please keep a good distance from them.

Blooming roses with parkland beyond
Blooming roses with parkland beyond
Blooming roses with parkland beyond

An extraordinary house

Canons Ashby grew from a medieval farmhouse into a magnificent Tudor manor house with a Peel Tower and Great Hall. Many changes have happened to it since then, including a lot of “modernisation” in the 18th century, so there are plenty of interesting things to see and explore. Also for flower lovers, we bring the outside in to this ancient building, with stunning summer flower displays.

Through out national theme "Women and Power" we are focusing on sharing the histories of women who have shaped our properties. Canons Ashby has played host to a remarkable group of women over the course of its history, including talented water colourists, photographers and mural painters. A very gifted women who spent a lot of time at Canons Ashby was a cousin of the Dryden family Elizabeth Creed. Before you leave, visit the church and see the beautiful mural Elizabeth created around 1710. Another special women in our property’s history is Alice Dryden. Look out for our presentation “Like father, like daughter” to discover how Sir Henry and Alice lived here in the 19th century.

Treat yourself

Whilst you’re here, don’t miss the Stables tea-room and the Coach House shop.

We make delicious seasonal fare every day with home-grown produce, so pop in for a treat and enjoy relaxing in the tea room garden surrounded by flowering bedding plants. After your visit you’ve definitely earned yourself an ice cream.

For the family we have children's packed lunches available, high chairs, facilities to warm baby food and both indoor and outdoor seating in the tea room, to help your day go as smoothly as possible.

There are plenty ofgifts and mementoes available in the Coach House shop as well. We have a selection of beautiful nature-inspired art, homeware and gifts, as well as plenty of delicious food and drink.There's also lots for the children including books and gifts to keep the little ones entertained or allow them to enjoy their pocket money!

A delicious treat in our tea garden.
Tea and cake among the flowers
A delicious treat in our tea garden.