|Hall Place and Gardens|
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I found that the house and gardens were beautifully maintained by the trust and considering entry is free this is a very refreshing change.
Hall Place is a Grade 1 listed country house built in 1537 for former Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Champneys. The Tudor house boasts a panelled Great Hall with Minstrels´ Gallery, and 17th century additions and improvements include a vaulted Long Gallery and splendid Drawing Room with fine plaster ceiling.
Hall Place is surrounded by 65 hectares of magnificent formal gardens and landscaped parkland that have something to offer visitors throughout the year. The Hall Place gardens are one of only a handful of sites in the UK to have won the Civic Trusts Green Flag award for eleven successive years and also have coveted Green Heritage Site status.
There are many features around the spectacular gardens. The west lawn boasts a stunning topiary lawn of chess pieces and the Queens Beasts, planted to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. You can stroll around enclosed gardens, rose and herb gardens and admire inspirational herbaceous borders full of colour throughout the year. The parkland, through which the River Cray flows, can be explored at a leisurely pace whilst discovering the exceptional collection of trees and the profusion of wildlife that call the estate home. The former walled gardens have a plant nursery with display gardens, model gardens and a sub-tropical plant house with a host of exotic plants, where you can see bananas ripening in mid-winter.