Wyken Hall is an example of a working farm that has embraced agritourism by adding features such as a vineyard, award-winning restaurant, shops and farmer’s market. Owners Sir Kenneth and Lady Carlisle have transformed Wyken into a vibrant destination. It was interesting to see and gather inspiration for what we are doing at Moss Mountain Farm.
The garden at Wyken is open to the public Sunday through Friday, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., 4 pounds per person. Leaping Restaurant and Country Store are open daily for lunch and Friday and Saturday for dinner. Learn more at www.WykenVineyards.co.uk.
The main entrance to Wyken Hall. The walls of this Elizabethan manor house are stucco with a pomegranate lime wash.
Formal elements in boxwood make a whimsical contribution to the front of Wyken Hall.
A chat path running behind Wyken Hall.
The gardens at Wyken were designed in the 1980s; relatively new compared to the farm and manor house. Designed to blend with the historic house, the gardens include a knot garden, herb garden, kitchen garden, wildflower meadow, nuttery and copper beech maze.
A proud peacock at Wyken.
Paths and arbors lead visitors through a myriad of garden rooms.
Loose perennials among the formal framework in the Hot Border.
A beautiful vista with a dark brahma as a focal point!
Pleached hedges define the various and intriguing garden rooms at Wyken.
Sheep sculptures punctuate the lawn.
A colonnade of clipped yews directs visitors to the next visual treat!
Herbs and boxwood are a classic combination with a sundial as the centerpiece.
Bright blue is a stunning accent color for the garden and the deep pomegranate stucco of the manor house. The purple flowering vine growing behind the bench is Solanum crispum.
Clipped boxwood in various forms define and punctuate this place in the garden.
A quiet place to sit and enjoy the beauty of Wyken.
Lady Carlisle grew up in Mississippi and her southern hospitality is evident when visiting Wyken.
Lady Carlisle and I enjoying a walk through the gardens.
The cast iron corn gates made from a New Orleans mold suggest Lady Carlisle’s southern roots.
Sir Kenneth and Lady Carlisle and I near a sheep paddock on the estate.
The Leaping Hare restaurant, located inside a restored barn, has received top awards for the food. It’s open 7 days a week for lunch and Friday and Saturday for dinner.
Beyond the house and gardens are informal landscapes: meadows, fields and a 7 acre vineyard. Glimpses of these relaxed spaces are revealed while walking through the garden.
The juxtaposition of the clipped and formal to the natural meadow is compelling.
Mown grass paths through the meadows make enchanting walks.