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Hoar Cross Hall


The site is now a spa resort. The pleasure grounds to the south and south-west are still substantial. Those to the north are now taken over by car parking and those to the south-east are just discernable. There is also a terrace overlooking the parterre.

A terrace overlooks the parterre. This was very magnificent when constructed in the late-19th century by Mrs Meynell-Ingram, supposedly using Francis Bacon's Essay on Gardens as a guide.

An article in Country Life in 1902 shows a formal garden of almost unbelievable splendour. The pleached walk of limes was regarded as one of the finest examples in England. Between the garden and parkland there is a ha-ha.

There were a series of yew-hedged compartments and walks: the Rock garden, Water garden and sunken Lion garden and the Rhododendron walk, Oak walk and Beech walk. There are impressive late Victorian greenhouse ranges against the south wall of the large kitchen garden. The pleasure grounds are still discernable to the south-east, but those to the north of the forecourt have been taken over by car parking.In general, the site is overwhelmed; present use is as a health spa. There are Victorian greenhouse adjacent to a walled garden, now in separate ownership. The greenhouses have been sympathetically restored. Pleasure grounds to the south and south-west are still substantial.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

This is a spa and resort. Access may be limited. Please check the website for details.


Stephen Joynes


The house was built by Henry Clutton in 1862, for the Meynell-Ingram family, but has very large 20th-century extensions. A series of small, formal gardens to the east and south were formerly enclosed by topiary hedges with yew walks, designed by Mrs Meynell-Ingram, ostensibly by using Bacon's 'Essay on Gardens', but little of these remain.


Victorian (1837-1901)

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Features & Designations


  • The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building

  • Reference: Hall, gate piers, gates, seats on garden terrace, lodge
  • Grade: II


  • Garden Terrace
  • Parterre
  • Pleached Trees
  • Description: Pleached limes.
  • Ha-ha
  • Greenhouse
  • Description: Late Victorian.
  • Kitchen Garden
  • House (featured building)
  • Earliest Date:
  • Latest Date:
  • Gate Piers
  • Gate
  • Garden Seat
  • Description: Seats on garden terrace.
  • Gate Lodge
Key Information


Formal Garden


Ornamental Garden

Principal Building



Victorian (1837-1901)


Part: standing remains

Open to the public


Civil Parish