This magestic house and country estate has been the home of the Howard family for hundreds of years, and still is their private home. The surrounding Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) The Howardian Hills is named after this family.
Fortunately for us, the grounds, garden and house are open for visitors.
Castle Howard is only 5 miles from Spring Cottage. Here you’ll find:
- Courtyard shops including a butcher with meat from the Castle Howard estate
- Rose garden
- Atlas fountain
- Woodland walks
- Road train
- Adventure playground
- Lake and boat trips
- Tea rooms
Find more information here: Opening and Admission Times
If you’re inspired by the gardens and want to create your own at home, then nextdoor to the courtyard is Castle Howard’s Garden Centre. Several of the plants in Spring Cottage’s garden, including the hydrangeas come from there. And of course they look just as spectacular there as they do at Castle Howard!
Castle Howard was made famous in the film Brideshead Revisited and the remake starring Emma Thompson in 2008. On both occasions the house takes a leading role.
When to Visit
The house is particularly enthralling at Christmas. You’ll find Santa and a huge, huge Christmas tree in the hallway of the house, decorated with hundreds of baubles – magical. Other rooms are decorated at Christmas time and even if you’ve visited earlier in the year, a Christmas visit is a must.
I wrote a blog about my recent Christmas visit. I was blown away by it!
Across the summer various outdoor concerts are held. Also the proms concert is an annual fixture in August. The finale fireworks can be seen from Spring Cottage’s garden.
In spring the rose garden is starting to bloom and even in the winter it’s still a tranquil and beautiful place to be.
Once you leave, instead of turning right out of the car park to head back to Spring Cottage, take a left and drive down the straight drive way and through the follies. It’s a rather unique drive.