Parcevall Hall Gardens
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The gardens at Parcevall Hall were laid out by Sir William Milner from 1927. Milner was an avid gardener and gathered specimen trees from as far afield as the Himalayas and China. He took advantage of unusual soil formations, with alkaline soil at the top of the garden and acid soil at the bottom of the site.
The acid soil is perfect for plants like rhododendrons and camellias, so Sir William carefully chose plants suited to the soil in different areas of the garden, and the result is a delight. Sir William himself is remembered by his very own variety of daffodil, the W.P. Milner, which grows in the orchard.
The garden design draws on the Arts and Crafts style popularised by Sir Edwin Lutyens, with formal terraces mixed with a rock garden, an orchard, and cliff-walks surrounded by woodland. Quiet rills run through the garden, with small pools adding water interest. Sir William also drew on his interest in world religions, and designed the layout to include both plants and designs from different parts of globe.
The property is owned by Walsingham College and rented to the Bradford diocese as a retreat centre. For this reason the Hall itself is not open to visitors, though it provides a welcome focal point for garden views.
The gardens are the only RHS registered garden in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and offer something of interest to both the avid gardener and anyone interested in a tranquil and beautiful setting.
About Parcevall Hall Gardens
Address: Skyreholme, Skipton, Yorkshire, England, BD23 6DE
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: 8 miles north east of Skipton
Website: Parcevall Hall Gardens
Photo Credit: Bob Cantwell, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
The Strid - 2.7 miles (Countryside)
Bolton Abbey - 4.2 miles (Abbey)
Skipton Castle - 7.1 miles (Castle)
Brimham Rocks - 9.4 miles (Countryside)
Gordale Scar - 9.7 miles (Countryside)
Janet's Foss - 9.9 miles (Countryside)
Malham Cove - 10.6 miles (Countryside)
East Riddlesden Hall - 11.6 miles (Historic House)
Nearest Accommodation to Parcevall Hall Gardens:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
National Park Centre
Tel: 01756 751 690
Fax: 01756 751693