During restrictions on social gatherings due to Covid-19, Yew Lodge Country House has been inviting people/families who live locally to come for a stroll and take in some fresh air, pretty scenery and hopefully see a variety of birds. We also have rabbits, squirrels, foxes, and sometimes deer although they tend to disappear when people are around. However, children can have fun looking for the rabbit holes! There is no charge – we are simply glad to be able to contribute in some small way to the local community during this difficult time. TO STAY SAFE, VISITS ARE STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (one group at a time, so you will be the only people in the gardens at the time of your visit).
This has proven to be rather popular with over 200 visits so far and we are happy to continue. We have 10 acre gardens, with level lawns, flower/shrub beds, a pond and woodland and a walk around the grounds will typically take 25-40 minutes. In addition, with the slight relaxation of restrictions announced on 11 May, we now also offering a two hour slot to combine a walk with a picnic on the lawns (ideal for a child’s birthday party or anniversary celebration with a glass of bubbly). More information on the history of Yew Lodge House and gardens and a simple map are here: YL Garden Walk
How To Arrange A Visit
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ
To observe the Government guidelines and keep everyone safe the following applies to arrange a visit
- Telephone (01342 870003) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book a one or two hour time slot. This way, you will be the only people in the gardens at the time of your visit.
- You can park in the main car park and then take your walk. There is no need to come to the front door of the house and “check-in” (quite the opposite). A map of the house and gardens is included to help you plan your walk.
- Young children must be supervised as there is a pond in the garden and the entry/exit gates are not secure. Care must be taken around the outbuildings.
- You must leave by the end of your time slot to maintain safety for the next visitors.
- You are welcome to bring a drink/snacks and sit on the patios (one is south facing) or have a picnic on the lawns. However, the house and events suite will be closed and so there are no toilet facilities. We ask that you take any litter home with you.
- There are rugged paths to follow – we suggest walking shoes, trainers or similar (buggies should be OK). There are tarmac paths in one section, making it suitable for wheelchairs for 15-20 minutes (but unfortunately not as pretty).
- Children can run on the lawns but no ball games or similar – the theme is more of a nature walk.
- Sorry, no dogs/pets.
DO NOT VISIT WITHOUT MAKING AN APPOINTMENT.
SORRY TO BE OFFICIOUS BUT WE NEED TO SAY THAT ALL VISITORS COME AT THEIR OWN RISK WITHOUT LIABILITY TO YEW LODGE.