Sparks, MD (PressExposure) September 30, 2011 -- Mulgrave Castle, Lythe in Whitby Uk opened its gates to the general public last Sunday (21st August 2011). This rare occurance gave visitors to the town, as well as many local individuals, a chance to view the fantastic grounds and gardens. All the proceeds from the entrance fees, were given over to charity.
Other fundraising events offered were different bookstalls, plant stalls, tombola, the sale of hanging baskets and cacti, a raffle and the opportunity to purchase home-made cakes and scones. There were afternoon teas available with outside trestle tables and seating offering welcome refreshment on a glorious summers day.
Two very well behaved ponies, gave smaller youngsters the chance of a well supervised pony ride.
The head gardener of Mulgrave Castle gave a guided tour of the impressive grounds. This gave keen enthusiasts the opportunity to ask questions and gain an insight to the management of such a large estate. Information was provided on the multitude of plants, trees, flowers and vegetables grown at the Mulgrave Estate. Visitors were also able to wander at will throughout the gardens and relax on many of the garden seats placed strategically around.A short walk through a shaded area and along the pathways led to a beautifully cultivated garden. This had big border flowers set against a high wall, a neatly clipped lawn and an opposite 'wall' of yew hedge. From this secluded area there were gates leading to a variety of different areas each with their own distinctive theme.
There was a good amount of produce in the well tended vegetable garden. The fruit trees were laden with some of the most enormous apples, the different pear tree varieties, plum and cherry trees were also at their peak. A formal garden layout with neatly clipped box hedges in scrolled pattern alongside garden ponds with pond lillies, made a beautiful area to sit awhile and take in the atmosphere. Gates leading from one area to another made it feel as though through each gate there was a 'secret garden' waiting to be explored.
There were extensive lawns, at the side of the castle leading down to a castellated wall with an excellent view of sea and nearby to the castle, a small children's play area with rope swings. This was very popular with all the visiting children.
Whenever the grounds of Mulgrave Castle, Lythe are open again to the public, it is to be highly recommended for a beautiful and informative walk amidst some of the most interesting gardens around this area.
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