Marks Hall Gardens
Last September(2012) we took a trip out to Marks Hall Gardens in Essex. We had heard a lot about the gardens from some friends of ours so decided to make the journey. We were not disappointed when we got there either. A most delightful place to visit. An ancient woodland area surrounding two large lakes. The whole estate dates right back to 1142, the days of Coggeshall Abbey and the monks as well been involved in more recent events, requisitioned during WWll as headquarters for the Earls Colne Airfield.
Marks Hall Gardens Lake
Having our grandson with us he chose first to visit the lakes of course. The lakes are pretty big and one is able to walk around and see the brickwork dams and cascades as well as feed the big carp and ducks that come up to the shore to be fed. We also came across some geese and swans basking by the waters edge in the warm sunshine. The whole area is surrounded by a variety of beautiful trees.
The walled Garden
Next we visited the walled garden, divided up into smaller areas each with its own varieties of flowering plants such a lavenders, irises, daisies etc. A photographers paradise with the range of colours and the insects hovering around.
Unfortunately we just didn’t have enough time to visit everything there is to see, there is so much. Be prepared for a lot of walking as the gardens cover a large area, but there is a visitor are with a tea room that offers refreshments and a place to relax after your leisurely stroll.
This year we will certainly be going back to spend a day there and have the time to explore more of the Marks Hall Gardens.