Elton Hall and Gardens


The Garden

An extraordinary, romantic, part Gothic house which has been in the Proby family since 1660.

The Hall, which stands in the midst of unspoilt landscaped parkland, is a fascinating mix of styles surrounded by stunning gardens. 

Very little evidence remains of the original garden. We can see from the 1730 drawing by Buck that a formal garden was laid out to the north-east of the house.

There are some sketches of what the grounds looked like in the mid to late 18th century. Formal gardens and pleasure grounds were laid out in the 1890s and all that remains from this early planting are some of the mature trees, the box parterre and the four conical yew shapes to the south of the Hall.

The garden you see today was laid out in 1913 with the construction of the paths, the lawns, the lily pond, the well-head and the flower garden wall.

By 1980 a large part of the Edwardian garden had fallen into disrepair and since the early 1980s there has been a major restoration programme. The flower garden has been replanted and a new sunken garden, a shrub garden and an arboretum created.

Group ADMISSION  (minimum of 20 people) In addition, groups are welcome by appointment between May and September.

Admission to the general public available on the published days.

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The Gardener

The gardens have been stunningly restored during the last thirty years.  The present layout is based on the Edwardian design of paths and lawns.  Immaculately kept hedges of hornbeam and yew encompass four different areas, including the enchanting sunken lily pond surrounded with beds containing a number of specimen plants.  The Edwardian rose garden has been transformed into a wonderful herbaceous garden with a wisteria walk and new fountain by Giles Rayner.  The Millennium was celebrated by building an orangery which is set in a Mediterranean garden with orange and lemon trees.  A small shrubbery area, with such gems as Paulownia Tomentosa, leads the visitor back into the Box Walk to enjoy another view of the house.


Garden Details

Elton Hall
Nr. Peterborough, PE8 6SH
01832 280468
Contact Person
Catherine Lockwood, Events Coordinator
Hall and Gardens
Last May Bank Holiday: Sunday 29 and Monday 30th

June and July Wednesdays & Thursdays 2pm - 5pm
August Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays 2pm-5pm
August Bank Holiday, Monday 26th
Garden Size
Elton Hall lies at the heart of a 3,800 acre Estate made up of a mixture of property including farms, houses and cottages, commercial property and woodland.
Elton Hall sits in 200 acres of parkland bound by the river Nene on the west.
Hall & Garden: £9.50, Gardens only : £7.50

Accompanied children under 16 free, (no longer any senior citizens discount)
Ample parking at the Walled Garden located at Elton Hall.
Available at both the Walled Garden and at the Hall.
Food Available
At the Walled Garden tea rooms.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
Walled Garden Plant Centre, Tea Rooms and Gift Shop AT ELTON HALL
Tel: 01832 280058 Email: info@eltonwalledgarden.co.uk
There are no picnic facilities.
Wheelchair Access
The gardens are accessible for wheelchairs but unfortunately the Hall is not suitable.
Dogs Allowed
We regret that no dogs are allowed in the Hall nor Formal Gardens.
Children Allowed
Yes children are welcome.
No accommodation at the Hall but other establishments close by.
The 200 acres of parkland surrounding Elton Hall offer a beautiful and well-situated venue for holding outdoor events. Whether a Wedding Reception, Classic Car Show, an Antiques Fair, a Concert, or a private party, the Parkland provides a picturesque location with the stunning backdrop of the Hall.
Plants/Other Sales
Available at the plan centre at the walled garden
Guided Tours
Private tours available between May and September for groups of 20 individuals or more advanced booking required
Tours available for individuals/couples and smaller groups on public open days. Please see times of opening for further information.
Function Center Available?
The newly refurbished Billiards room offers fantastic facilities for conferences and functions.
Other Facilities

The House

The Hall is a mixture of styles. The garden or south front incorporates the 15th century tower and chapel which were built at the time of Henry VII. In the 17th century a new wing was added to the west.

The Marble Hall and main staircase, designed by Henry Ashton, are remarkable examples of a mid-Victorian revival of mid-18th century style.

The Drawing Room is the largest room in the house and was formed from the medieval Chapel around 1740. The 18th century ceiling with its enriched cornice and frieze remains, but the present decoration dates from 1860.

decoration dates from 1860.

The Dining Room was built in 1860 and designed by Henry Ashton. The three large Gothic windows are exact copies of the windows that were in the North wall of the medieval Chapel.

The Library contains a large collection of books and represents a continuous interest from the time of Sir Thomas Proby. From the Main Library a short passage leads to the Inner Library situated in the medieval Sapcote Tower.

Other rooms of special interest are the Lower and Upper Octagon rooms, the Yellow Drawing Room and the Ante Dining room.

The current Chapel was formed from part of the undercroft of the Sapcotes' Chapel and has 15th century vaulting.


The Estate's experienced gamekeeper and staff are dedicated to ensure that a shoot day at Elton offers an excellent day’s sport in beautiful countryside. Lunch and tea are provided at the Hall.