Otley Hall is a stunning Grade 1 listed, 16th Century moated hall. It has been voted one of the Top 20 Historic Houses in the UK and is listed in “England’s Thousand Best Houses”.
With an exquisite blend of wild and cultivated terrain, the 10 acres of gardens at Otley Hall provide an enchanting experience for visitors. They include parts of a design by Francis Inigo Thomas (1866-1950), featuring an H-canal, nutteries, croquet lawn, rose garden and moat walk. In addition, there are historically accurate recreations designed by Sylvia Landsberg, author of The Medieval Garden. These include an orchard, herber, and a knot garden.
The Gardens also host an abundance of wildlife. Peacocks and swans are always on hand for visitors to see, as well as some 75 species of bird noted in the grounds by Percy Thrower. If you are very fortunate, you may just spot a kingfisher, water vole or perhaps even an otter – all have been seen in the grounds by the owners!
Still a private home, it is owned by Ian and Catherine Beaumont and is available for tours, weddings and other events.