Derbyshire hall wins national gardens award

Renishaw Hall and Gardens
Renishaw Hall and Gardens
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A prestigious Derbyshire attraction has been recognised in a top national competition.

Renishaw Hall and Gardens has been chosen as Garden of the Year 2015 by the Historic Houses Association.

The house, which was built in 1620, is surrounded by Italianate gardens with several areas, each with its own unique appeal for visitors.

It has been home to the Sitwell family for almost 400 years and is currently maintained by their descendant and current owner Alexandra Hayward.

Richard Compton, president of the Historic Houses Association, said: “I am delighted that the beautiful and historic gardens at Renishaw Hall are the 2015 winners of our prestigious Garden of the Year award.

“The Sitwell family are famous and distinguished gardeners. These wonderful gardens are enjoyed each year by many thousands of visitors who may also visit the house on special tours. It is a great pleasure to see this award go to such a special place.”

Ms Hayward added: “It’s wonderful to think that in the 40 years since my parents first came to Renishaw, the gardens have today been recognised as winners of a prestigious national award like this.”