Audley End Organic Kitchen Garden , GB CB11 4JF Saffron Walden, Essex ( last change : 07.03.2011 14:41:05 )

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Audley End Organic Kitchen Garden
Mike Thurlow
Littlebury, Gardeners House,
GB- CB11 4JF Saffron Walden, Essex
Phone : +44 (0)1799 52 21 48    
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Audley End House and Gardens was one of the great wonders of the nation when it was built by the first Earl of Suffolk, Lord Treasurer to James I. It was on the scale of a great royal palace, and soon became one after Charles II bought it in 1668, using it as a base when he attended the races at Newmarket.
Much has been done recently to restore the park and the Victorian gardens, including the magnificent parterre. A special guidebook focuses on the extensive grounds and ornamental gardens. After 250 years, the great Kitchen Garden is now open to visitors. Hidden behind its high brick walls, much of the 19th-century structure survives, including an impressive 170ft-long vinehouse, possibly containing its original vine. The walls have been ‘re-clothed’ with carefully trained fruit trees, and paths have been edged with 8,000 box plants. The best of Victorian traditional methods will be married with the latest organic techniques, for a harvest of vegetables, soft fruits and flowers, much of which will be sold on site.

Over the last years, the dedicated staff in the Organic Kitchen Garden have nurtured a variety of fruit and vegetables, including 120 apple trees and 40 to 50 pear and plum varieties, as well as various other herbs, flowers and grasses in keeping with those grown and used in the house around 1880. The Orchard House warms the peaches, nectarines and apples that would struggle to grow outdoors. The Vine House primarily houses grapes which, in Victorian times, would have been supplied for 10 months of the year, a testament to the incredible skill with which they were grown.

Opening hours :
Apr to Sept 10am to 6pm from Wed to Sun; Oct 7 to Oct 29 and Mar 3 to 31 on Sat and Sun from 9am to 5pm

Admission price :
- House & Grounds:
Adults - £11.90; Child (5-15yrs) - £6; Child (under 5yrs) - Free; Concession - £10.10; Family (2+3) - £29.80
- Grounds only:
Adult - £7.70; Child (5-15yrs) - £3.90; Child (under 5yrs) - Free; Concession - £6.50; Family (2+3) - £19.30

Restaurant, Description :
There are two cafés serving locally produced food to eat in or take away. The Cart Yard Café is close to the children’s play area or you can relax in The Housekeeper’s Room with its views across the park.

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