Renishaw Hall


The Garden

The stunning Italianate gardens were laid out in the late 19th Century by Sir George Sitwell. He was the brilliantly eccentric great-grandfather of the current owner Alexandra Sitwell. Walk around the formal garden enjoying the lawns and borders. Take a stroll down the lime avenue to see “The Angel of Fame”. Relax on one of the benches taking time to take in the beauty and tranquility of the gardens.

Venture further afield through the woodland and down to the lakes. Make use of the map to see “the classical temple” and other areas of interest on the way. The lakes are a haven for wildlife, look out for butterflies, dragonflies, and birds. Follow the path round the lake to take in the stunning views, and then up through the woods back to the lawns.

Throughout the season there are many garden highlights such as bluebells, delphiniums, camellias and roses. Please ask at the garden entrance for directions to the seasonal highlights.

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The Gardener

The current owner of Renishaw is Alexandra Sitwell, daughter of the late Sir Reresby and Lady Sitwell. Her extraordinary family have lived at Renishaw for nearly 400 years.

The Sitwells have always been avid collectors and patrons of the arts and the history of the family is filled with writers, innovators and eccentrics.

Perhaps the most famed of the Sitwells were the prolific writers Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell:

Dame Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964) was a grandly eccentric poet and novelist, described by one observer as “an altar on the move.” Perhaps etter known for her poetry, one of her most important works were the books English Eccentrics and Fanfare for Elizabeth

Sir Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969) wrote prose, poetry and also many short stories and novels, including Before the Bombardment (1926). He is probably best known for his five volume autobiography Left Hand Right Hand

Sir Sacheverell Sitwell (1897-1988) was well known for his work on art, architecture, ballet and travel and arguably his greatest book was Southern Baroque Art which secured him a reputation as author and art historian. 

Learn more about the Sitwells on a hall tour, with new specialist tours available throughout the season.


Garden Details

Renishaw Hall, Renishaw, Nr. Sheffield, S21 3WB
01246 432 310
01246 430 760
Contact Person
Rachael Rowe
The 2014 season is from March 29th to September 28th.
The gardens are open Wednesday to Sunday and on Bank Holiday Mondays, 10.30am to 4.30pm during the season.
Adults £6.50
Concessions (over 60) £5.50
Children £3 (under 5’s free)
Cafe/Resaurant Available
The licenced Gallery Café is open throughout the season and is located in the stables courtyard. The café is able to seat 60 people with a further 60 able to eat al fresco in the courtyard seating area.

Homemade sandwiches, cakes, scones and afternoon teas are served between 10.30am and 4.30pm. Lunch is served between 12 noon and 2.30pm. There is a selection of options for those who require a vegetarian or gluten free diet. Should you have any other specific dietary requirements please contact the café on 01246 430 289 in advance of your visit.

Enjoy afternoon tea, with cucumber sandwiches, scones, jam and cream. Relax with a glass of wine or beer with your meal.

Catering packages are available for groups. The all-inclusive package helps you make the most of your day here at Renishaw. Special occasions can also be celebrated here at Renishaw, please enquire for more details.
Wheelchair Access
We are able to offer full disabled access to the guided Hall tours and an extensive disabled route of the Italianate
gardens. Please do book your visit in advance if possible so that we can give you the best day possible. There is
good access to the gardens, museum and gallery exhibitions, gallery café, shop and toilet facilities. We have
wheelchairs and a motorised scooter which can be loaned on request
Children Allowed
The gardens offer a great place to experience the outdoors with plenty to see and enjoy for all ages. With open spaces and woodland for exploring with a family, sculpture, children’s maze and the national collection of Yuccas.
Plants/Other Sales
After visiting the gardens we hope we have inspired you to buy some of the plants you have seen here at Renishaw.
Our plants are supplied by local nursery, Handley Rose Nurseries of Marsh Lane. They work closely with our team of gardeners, who provide seeds and plant material that is nurtured into high quality plants for your garden. We sell a variety of roses, herbs, perennials, bedding plants and fruit trees, many of which can be found in the gardens at Renishaw.

The shop is located next to the Gallery café in the stable courtyard. It is open Wednesday to Sunday throughout the season. The award winning still and sparkling white wine made with grapes from the Renishaw vineyard can be purchased here. The shelves are filled with ranges of jams, chutneys, sweets, gifts and cards.
Why not visit our shop afterwards to purchase a bottle of Renishaw wine to enjoy at home or celebrate a special occasion?
Guided Tours
If you would like to know more about the gardens we offer garden tours for groups often lead by the head gardener.

Renishaw Hall can be viewed by guided tour only, as it is still very much a lived in family home. Guided tours take visitors around the whole of the ground floor and last approximately 1 hour.

With a newly-expanded vineyard and plenty to talk about the recent vintage, book on a tour and taste around Renishaw Hall’s historic vineyard.
Other Facilities

Renishaw Hall can be viewed by guided tour only, as it is still very much a lived in family home. Guided tours take visitors around the whole of the ground floor and last approximately 1 hour.

A vineyard tour gives you a fascinating insight into the running of the vineyard and the cycle of wine making. Kieron Atkinson, our award-winning winemaker, takes the tours around the vineyard. This hour and a half tour includes the chance to sample the delicious, medal-winning still and sparkling wine we produce.

Make time to visit the Sitwell museum. This is where you will learn about the family that has owned Renishaw Hall for almost 400 years. Discover the famous literary trio of Osbert, Edith and Sacheverell Sitwell, seeing some of the books and letters from their incredible collection.