Parcevall Hall Gardens
Parcevall Hall Gardens
Set in the heart of picturesque Wharfedale, these 24 acres of formal and woodland hillside gardens offer a peaceful refuge, a secluded and beautiful spot planted with formal and informal garden areas.
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.