‘THE WALLED GARDEN VINEYARD’ AT CARLTON TOWERS
An exciting new venture for the old walled kitchen garden.
Set in the grounds and overlooked by the magnificent stature of the house, ‘The Walled Garden’ is Carlton Towers’ very own vineyard, born from Lord and Lady Gerald’s passion for wine and dedicated to Lord Gerald’s father Miles, 17th Duke of Norfolk.
As with the rest of Carlton Towers and its stunning parkland, the vineyard is as bursting with history as it is with vines. Previously a walled kitchen garden for hundreds of years, it was most well-known for its production of the finest peaches and nectarines by using a new method of training invented in 1806 by the head gardener at Carlton, Mr J. Seymour. This new method involved cutting away the shoots that produced the previous year’s fruit and replacing with the young shoots for the present years bearing. This is the same method we use today on our vines!
Reminiscent of the classic English novel “The Secret Garden”, step through the powder-blue gate into the beautiful enclosure teeming with vines, growing two cool climate grape varieties; Auxerrois Colmar and Pinot Noir, which we plan to blend together to make a sparkling white wine. The vines were tenderly planted by Lord Gerald, Lady Emma and any passing member of the Carlton team.
In 2019 we will be opening the gate to our wonderful passion project. Come and learn about the art of winemaking, enjoy wine tasting and tapas in the Servants Quarters and take a tour of the house itself. On those wonderful summer days, enjoy your wine tasting at a beautifully dressed table in the centre of the vineyard or take one of our delectable picnic lunches and enjoy it in the grounds.
Make it your perfect escape…
We have 6 stunning cottages available, recently restored and designed by Lady Emma, which are the perfect place to retire to, having spent a leisurely afternoon in the vineyard. Wonderful for a romantic couple’s retreat, special birthday or corporate event, you can tailor your experience to suit you with a range of packages available where you can choose activities like clay pigeon shooting, 4X4 driving and ‘The Great Carlton Bake Off’.
Each of our new cottages have been individually designed and furnished by Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard to offer a tranquil haven from the bustle of the everyday life. These are a wonderful addition to your vineyard tour and tasting afternoon. Combine it with a tour of the house and a chilled bottle of sparkling wine in your room and you have the perfect couples escape or girl’s night away.
See more about our in-house accommodation here.
IN HOUSE ACCOMMODATION
Stapleton Double Cottages
With their own beautiful enclosed patios, our Stapleton Cottages offer a luxury retreat.
The Stapleton Double Cottages are modern rooms with a huge amount of character. These ground floor rooms have a large double bed, walk-in rainforest shower, interactive television and mini-fridge. These rooms are perfect for couples looking for an escape, or for anyone looking to explore Yorkshire with a central base. You can hire these rooms individually, or together, and a continental breakfast can be made available if you don’t want to venture out too early. Individually designed by Lady Gerald herself, with rooms that are full of luxury fabrics and the personal touch.
We have three double cottages available to hire from as little as one night.
Stapleton Family Cottage
Our Stapleton Family Cottage can be booked for as little as one night.
Book Parkgate Cottage for as little as one night, or for the whole week.
Whilst you are with us why not explore the surrounding areas with Carlton as your base; we are just 10 minutes from Selby and within 45 minutes of York, Hull, Leeds and Doncaster.