Mannington Hall and Gardens is owned by Lord and Lady
Walpole. An attractive 15th century moated battlemented flint and stone
hall with 19th century additions, located in beautiful landscaped
Mannington is famous for its Heritage Rose Garden which is sited in an
acre of walled garden to the north of the Hall. The garden contains
thousand of roses in different hues, different types and various sizes.
There are lots of place to sit and admire and of course most importantly
take in the wonderful perfume.
Mannington also has a lake and lake side walk. There is a tea room,
garden shop, childrens play area and picnic area. The approach to the
hall is across highly manicured green lawns with large mature cedar
The Hall itself is distinctly quirky with highly ornate chimney pots and
is open to the public at certain times throughout the year.
Links with Peter Beales encouraged the development of the rose
collection, and as it grew the family decided to clear the old walled
garden in order to create more space for the roses.
Rose collections in other parts of the country are usually planted for
purely aesthetic reasons, or by rose type. In this garden they hit on
the interesting idea of planting roses in date order. Roses have been
planted in small separate gardens with designs typical of their periods,
so each becomes a living chapter of garden history.
There are a large number of climbing roses draped across trellises,
dotted along the paths, which add to the pleasure of ones stroll.
Mannington also has twenty miles of nature trails and footpaths through
woodland, meadows and wetland all located in the picturesque Bure
Valley. There is a small but interesting exhibition on the history
of the rose, with a lot of factual information which give the background
of the different varieties and types.