Stowe's Orchards

With several orchards across the estate at Stowe, we certainly have an annual bounty of fruit. With over 50 old English varieties of trees to care for, we care for our orchard and fruit trees at Stowe all year round. It is a delight to see the fruit they produce each Autumn.

Celebrating apples at Stowe

With a historic Orchard in the garden, and other fruit trees around the New Inn, car park and Farmhouse Garden areas, there is lots of fruit come harvest time at Stowe. During September we harvest the apples at Stowe by hand. You will be able to pick bags of apples up in our shop, for a donation. Alongside this we usually have other produce such sloes to bring homemade recipes to life.

Gardener Sophie Thomas picks high up apples in the Orchard at Stowe
Gardener Sophie Thomas picks high up apples in the Orchard at Stowe
Gardener Sophie Thomas picks high up apples in the Orchard at Stowe

Looking after our Orchard

Historic maps show that the Orchard was in the Grecian Valley in 1749, and our work continues to look after and restore our historic orchard. It is a beautiful spot, just off Laurel Terrace in the Grecian Valley, and is well worth seeking out.

The entrance to the Orchard in the Grecian Valley, just off the main path from Laurel Terrace in the Grecian Valley
The entrance to the Orchard in the Grecian Valley, just off the main path
The entrance to the Orchard in the Grecian Valley, just off the main path from Laurel Terrace in the Grecian Valley

The Orchard features in our 2020 Autumn Ramble with Gardener Sophie, so you can explore the delights of Autumn in the Grecian Valley on your next visit.

 

Last year the team built a bug hotel, to really encourage the bugs and insects pollinate the trees in this area. You will find this just tucked away at the back of the Orchard in a quiet spot.

The bug hotel in the Orchard at Stowe, helping bugs and insects to pollinate the trees
The bug hotel in the Orchard at Stowe
The bug hotel in the Orchard at Stowe, helping bugs and insects to pollinate the trees

Something to whet your appetite

To make use of so much produce, our cafe team are on hand to delight your taste buds with some harvest treats. A firm favourite is our Stowe apple cake, freshly baked here at Stowe. Head out on an autumn ramble round the garden to build up your appetite and round of your visit with a visit to the cafe. 

In the shop

Allow yourself some retail therapy and look through the seasonal gifts in the shop. From delicate scarves to acorn shaped bird feeders there's a wide autumn range of items to choose from. For our top product pick, we recommend choosing from the children's nature inspired books which vary from topics on caring for the environment to the changing seasons that tell their stories with wonderful illustration and imagination.