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The Old Rectory Gardens

Hidden within one of the prettiest Northamptonshire villages and situated in a conservation area, The Old Rectory Gardens is a tranquil, private and unique English destination. Around every corner a new surprise of space, colour, form and texture can be seen. With a backdrop of open fields, the gardens look out towards the horizon. Comprising 2.5 acres of gardens plus additional woodland, it offers the visitor interest throughout the year.

The gardens hold a wide variety of rare and unusual herbaceous plants, trees and shrubs. These included a veteran Robinia pseudoacacia, standard Lycianthes rantonnetii, Tibouchina urvilleana together with a varied collection of Salvias. There are also close to 50 varieties of roses in the gardens, including, a large Rosa ‘Raubritter’ across the south wall
Following its most successful year so far, The Old Rectory Gardens will be opening to the public from 1 April 2019, with a host of new treats and events for visitors.

A lot has happened over the winter to continue the reawakening of this beautiful English garden. An extension to the recently created gravel garden has completely transformed an overgrown corner and a newly built arbour with a Moorish theme now complements the rose circle. The borders and potager will be full of new plants adding a range of textures and colour. To complete your visit, The Old Potting Shed – a simple tearoom, is open throughout the season, selling homemade cakes, plants and garden related gifts.

Finally, the regular Old Rectory events now extend to Gardening Masterclasses run by the Head Gardener and craft workshops from Creating Art with Pressed Flowers to Textile Screen Printing of Table Linen – all inspired by the gardens.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – Nest Pop-Up Restaurant

From July 15th to 21st 2019 the gardens will be transformed for the second year running into a pop-up restaurant for a week. When part of the team from the Nest Restaurant Hackney and the newly opened Harlequin in Fulham will relocate to Northamptonshire creating delicious simple seasonal food using produce gathered from the potager designed by Rosemary Verey. Diners are greeted on the lawn with aperitifs, before strolling the gardens at their leisure then taking their seats in the tranquil surroundings of the Yellow Garden.

Opening Times

The gardens are open between the 1st of April and the end of September. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 12noon to 5pm, last entry at 4.30pm. For weekend opening and visits outside of these times, please contact us.

Courses & Contact

For further detail around the courses held this year, which include How to Create Magical Tablescapes, to book for any of the classes or restaurant visit the website below, under the link Masterclasses or Pop-ups

Phone 01832 734085 or email

Visit us at: The Old Rectory Gardens, Sudborough, Kettering NN14 3BX