Sewerby Hall and Gardens could have stepped out of the pages of a Jane Austin novel.
Situated on a dramatic and breathtaking clifftop near Bridlington, it truly holds a very special place in my heart. As a child my Mother and I would walk along the picturesque clifftops taking in the sea vista and fresh sea air until we had reached the Hall and Gardens.
I always thought Sewerby Hall to be quite magical as a child and was totally intrigued with its quirky looking exotic Monkey Puzzle trees, apparently the oldest in Britain. They tower high above the gardens like natural evergreen sculptures with their sharp needles, and look like they came from Alice in Wonderlands garden.
The Grade 1 listed Hall is magnificent, an Eighteeth-Century Manor House owned originally by the Graeme family. Extentions and additions were added later including the front portico, a stable block, gatehouse and orangery, that would have been the height of fashion at the time. The house sits within 50 acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands that you can explore, and as the gardens are seasonal, its great to revisit to see each seasons blooming displays.
The house was later sold to the Bridlington Corporation in 1936, and Amy Johnson (my ultimate Yorkshire heroine) a Hull born Aviation Pioneer, was invited to open the Hall on the 1st June 1936.
Her family very kindly donated some of her belongings and memorabilia to the Hall for exhibition, and I remember being so astounded by her story of bravery and independence. Her solo record breaking flight to Australia, where I now live, was a daring feat of adventure at the time and for me she encapsulates that great Yorkshire Spirit.
Recently a full refurbishment of the house took place, restoring the property to how it would have looked in the Edwardian era at the turn of the last Century. You can get the chance to re-live history and see how life would have been like back then through costume and hands on activities. There’s also a zoo at Sewerby Hall, a Cafe and many more facilities.
For a truly lovely family day out, I encourage you to discover and re-discover Sewerby Hall and Gardens, take a stroll tthrough the house and gardens at your leisure for a most magical experience beside the seaside.
For more information please visit the Sewerby Hall and Gardens website.