Sneak peek at Derbyshire's quirkiest stately home as it prepares to open its gardens
Derbyshire’s quirkiest stately home will greet visitors with a few surprises when it throws open its gates to the public for the first time in two years.
By Gay Bolton
Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 12:45 pm
Thornbridge Hall owners Jim and Emma Harrison look forward to welcoming the public to their gardens for the first time in two years. Photos by Brian Eyre.
Thornbridge Hall near Ashford-in-the-Water will reopen its grounds on April 12 when guests can see tweaks that its owners have made during lockdown.
The Clumber Quadrafoil fountain in the Italian Garden has been restored and is now inhabited by hundreds of yellow bath ducks. Nets are provided for children to catch the plastic toys.
Work is well underway on a new glass fronted cafe that will serve home-cooked dishes. The plant nursery is enjoying a makeover and The Bakehouse is being expanded.
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Owners Jim and Emma Harrison invite visitors to explore Thornbridge Hall's extensive grounds.
Jim and Emma Harrison own the 12th century hall. Emma said that lockdown had given them the opportunity to carry out the improvements and enjoy their family home. She said: “We realised that we had to share it with other people again. It’s too special to keep behind closed gates.”