Derbyshire is famous for it’s range of charming towns, many of which are dotted around the Peak District national park. However, nothing will leave you as charmed as Renishaw Hall & Gardens – with beautiful gardens to admire, tranquil parklands to explore and a 400 year long history to discover, if you’re looking for a family day out in Derbyshire then this is the perfect activity to add to your stack!
Renishaw Hall and Gardens have been owned by the Sitwell family for nearly 400 years! Currently owned by Alexandra Sitwell, this extortionary family have always been avid collectors and been involved with the arts – their family have bore writers, innovators and eccentrics, and this includes the famous ‘literary trio’ Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell that played an integral part in the development of artistic and literary works of the 1900’s. All of this history, as well as the wider history of the hall and it’s gardens, are on display at the Renishaw Museum, with a fascinating collection of artefacts, books and archives.
If you’d like to see more of the spectacular art, furniture and trinkets collected by the Sitwell family over 400 years, then a tour of the Renishaw Family Hall is a must do – the hall is still lived in by the Sitwells, adding to it’s unique atmosphere. Head outside to discover the stunning, 100 year old Italianate gardens, divided into a range of areas that are home to an incredible collection of spectacular plant life, intruiging sculptures, peaceful ponds and classical statues. Renishaw Hall is even home to it’s own vineyard – take a tour and get a rare insight into the running of vineyards and the process of wine making.
Renishaw house was built all the way back in 1625 by George Sitwell who, in 1653, was High Sheriff of Derbyshire!
If you want the true British experience, then an afternoon tea at the Renishaw Café is waiting for you. Enjoy a range of homemade seasonal treats, dishes and cakes as well as the award-winning wine from their own vineyard. If you want to take something home from your visit, then head out to the Stables Courtyard, where you’ll find a range of local businesses, from tasty local produce, luxury items to exquisite ceramics.
Before you head to Renishaw, make sure to check their events page, as the site is host to a variety of exciting events, fairs and more. Gather the family, and discover one of Derbyshire’s hidden gems!