When I visited Renishaw Hall on Friday I had all day long to wander around the gardens as my husband left me there after having refreshments in the stable courtyard cafe.
There are many aspects to the gardens and grounds. A visitor who returns several times soon realises that everything has been thoughtfully designed so that the formal leads to the informal, naturalistic mixture of planting on the edge of the woodland and lakeside walks.
There are beautiful vistas from every angle of the main garden and it was a delight to see the flowering shrubs and trees as well as the tulips, forget-me-knots, Imperial fritillary etc. in the flower beds near the house and on the top lawn by the lime tree avenue.
The first photo of the fountain and swimming pool on the Swimming Pool Lawn was taken during a visit on a sunny day at the beginning of April, 2011 and the water really did look a turquoise blue!