Elsham Hall is situated in North Lincolnshire about 10 miles south of the Humber Bridge. The Hall itself is not open to the public, but the gardens and parkland surrounding the lake provided a pleasant half-day visit.
If you have children/grandchildren with you, then they are well catered for with a small animal farm and adventure play area.
We visited Elsham on a Saturday afternoon in late June and found the place almost deserted, even though most facilities were open and social distancing was well organised. Maybe the showery weather had put people off.
Entrance to the park and gardens is via the barn buildings, which includes a large wedding venue. The Tea Room in the barn was open when we visited, but only for takeaway drinks and snacks.
To walk around the lake is about half a mile over over good paths and gives great views from the south side across to the Long Walk Border, with several seats along the way.
A bridge separates the Trout Lake and Bird Island from the smaller Carp Lake, which has a feeding jetty. There is a small arboretum on the south side of the lake and the Adventure Playground, which has just reopened.
A path on the north side of the lake leads to a Butterfly Garden, and a pond with bird hide, although butterflies and birds seemed to be in hiding when we visited. A small Secret Garden with some old pieces of farming equipment led us in to the Walled Garden.
The north side of the Lake passes through the Long Walk Border, which in June was brimming with colourful flowers and shrubs, well set off by the lake in the background.
Although this was originally the fruit and vegetable supply garden for Elsham Hall, it has been converted into what is referred to as a ‘contemporary walled garden’. Its four acres provide lots of interest for old and young.
We found the neatly arranged lavender beds and the Watering Cans Fountain particularly eye-catching. The menagerie contained several exotic birds including cockatiels, nanday conures and white doves. Additionally roaming freely around the grounds are peacocks including a rare white peacock.
A small Animal Farm within the Walled Garden included alpacas, goats and rabbits.
Returning from the Walled Garden to the entrance takes you passed a large picnic area and a well preserved Mud and Stud Cottage containing traditional farming implements.
Entry to Elsham Hall Gardens is £5.75 for adults, £5.00 for seniors and £4.75 for children. However if you take up annual membership with Historic Houses, you will get free entry to Elsham Hall Gardens plus 300 other heritage sites. Enter our unique code STEW05 at ‘Add discount code’, and you will receive a £5 discount. This also applies if you wish to give annual membership as a gift.
We have reviewed several other properties under Historic Houses and see also: Historic Houses versus National Trust – Which to join?
POSTED 29th JULY 2020 by STEVE HANSON. The photographs were taken by BARBARA HANSON.