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It has been the site of the National Trust regional offices for some years and the gardens have previously been open to the public.
Now, the house is also open, providing an interesting display of a piece of York’s history. There is also a very agreeable tea room which overlooks the gardens. These gardens are something in their own right.
There are some well-kept lawns, including a formal pond, secluded lawns and flower and shrub borders leading to a series of footpaths beneath mature trees and some delightful, semi-natural ponds and rock features.
There is plenty here to engage the garden enthusiast and naturalist and the peaceful, tranquil atmosphere seems far away from the nearby busy road.
The far end overlooks Knavesmire, where the former Terry’s factory stands in the distance.
Here is a place well worth a look; for the visitor to York or those like us, who live just down the road.
J&M Bardet, Rutland Close, Copmanthorpe .