Garden in the fells

Rydal hall and gardens visit

Just as the bluebells and rhododendrons were beginning to take hold, we took a trip further up in to the Lakes and visited beautiful Rydal hall and gardens. My childhood was made from these kinds of

outings, my Grandma and I would always go for daytrips on sunny days, when I wasn’t helping her hang out the washing in her garden glade of rhododendrons and eucalyptus trees, or playing hide and seek!

Rydal hall and gardens visit

A special highlight of our day for me was having this little fellow land in my palm! His wings are so spectacular, such a pretty cream and green mottled pattern, unlike of any butterfly I have seen before. It was only when I unfurled my fingers that he took off on the breeze, with Oscar chasing after.

Rydal hall and gardens visit

The gardens were framed by fells, secluding and hiding them, standing tall above Rydal water. There was the most beautiful Magnolia tree, petals spinning like confetti around us and landing in the shrubbery.

Rydal hall and gardens visit

Rydal Hall itself is so pretty! I adore the balcony, strewn with honeysuckle and climbing plants. The little flower basins are so darling too! We only explored the top half of the gardens on this occasion but there was so much to see, I would love to make a return trip, especially to see the bluebells out in their prime.

Rydal hall and gardens visit

Oscar couldn’t keep still, charging round and around the gardens and even found a few special stones to collect in his pockets and my camera case and down his jumper xD I adore this photo, his little blonde hair blowing in the breeze is so heart melting! He toppled over once in the gravel but didn’t cry for long.

Rydal hall and gardens visit

We sat under a canopy of Magnolia, in the shade, a shady, sprawling white pink carpet of them spilt beneath our feet. The air is so sweet and fresh and, for me, this place is a special kind of paradise, it’s so fairytale-esque! *dons straw hat, long, floaty dress and pockets embroidered handkerchiefs*

Rydal hall and gardens visit

Such a beautiful old door in the wall! I adore quirky features like this, and the staircases are so grand and beautiful. Just being here is such an escape from the outside world and there is a sense of timelessness. It’s easy to imagine you have ventured in to a completely different era or the Secret Garden novel.

Rydal hall and gardens visit

A view from the bridge, where a little tea shop and seating area look out over the waterfall. It goes on to form a little beck that winds its way round the corner, and down and away to form the babbling brook that bubbles down to Rydal water. It’s such a beautiful little place, here, tucked away in the hillside.

Rydal hall and gardens visit

Now is my time to teach Oscar about trees and flowers – but I think he would rather learn about stones! Sorry I’ve been a little MIA, I have been on holiday with my family and working on some new summer posts. We had beautiful May day weather yesterday! What have you been up to? 



  1. Indya
    May 3, 2017 / 3:18 am

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous! I can't imagine a more picturesque place. I feel calmer just looking at them ☺️

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:17 pm

      Awww so kind, thank you so much Indya! That means so much! 😀 ♡

  2. Fiona Bernal
    May 3, 2017 / 4:51 am

    This place is very beautiful Elizabeth. I love it 🙂

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Aw thank you so much Fiona! 😀 ♡

  3. Lizzie Bee
    May 3, 2017 / 7:43 am

    This place looks so beautiful! And I love the way you take your photos… and how light and airy they are!

    Lizzie Bee // hello lizzie bee

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you so much Lizzie, ahhh that means so much from you! 😀 ♡

  4. Amber Baker
    May 3, 2017 / 8:42 am

    This is beautiful. Your words, your photos, it's all so dreamy!

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you so much Amber, I'm so happy you liked it! 😀 ♡

  5. UpYourVlog
    May 3, 2017 / 11:05 am

    This looks so pretty!

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Thank you so much Natalie!! ♡

  6. Julia
    May 3, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    What a beautiful day you must have had! These photos are wonderful, and so are your words. Your posts are always really enjoyable and poetic 🙂 That magnolia tree is so pretty, with its cloud of white flowers! I'd never heard about Rydal Hall, but it looks exactly like the type of place I love 😀

    Julia x
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    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      Aw so lovely, thank you so much Julia! Definitely visit when you are in the Lakes, it's so beautiful and I would love to see your take on it! 😀 ♡

  7. Antonia
    May 3, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    This place looks beautiful! xx

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      Thank you so much Antonia! 😀 ♡

  8. Unknown
    May 4, 2017 / 4:33 am

    This place looks so magical. Like right out of a mythical movie!! These pictures are amazing!!

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:38 pm

      Awww how kind, thank you so much Janel!! ♡

  9. Unknown
    May 4, 2017 / 6:38 am

    Beautiful garden, this place looks so pretty, photos are so gorgeous.

    All so dreamy!


    Missy Dress

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      Aw so lovely, thank you so much Claudia! 😀 ♡

  10. Unknown
    May 4, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    Beautiful photos ♥

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Awww thank you so much! ♡

  11. Perfect Fixations
    May 4, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    Such a beautiful place, looks like you had wonderful weather


    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Aw so kind, thank you so much!! ♡

  12. #sweetreats
    May 5, 2017 / 7:06 am

    Gorgeous description! This place looks beguiling. I must plan a trip to Rydal Palace with my family.😊 Stunning photographs!

    #sweetreats xx

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you so much, I'm so happy you enjoyed it! I definitely recommend visiting, it's so beautiful there! 😀 ♡

  13. Unknown
    May 5, 2017 / 11:12 am

    Excellent post! I follow you,please follow me back

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Awww thank you so much! ♡

  14. Helen C
    May 5, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Gorgeous photographs and words Elizabeth! You seem to create such serene, calming posts! Your little boy Oscar is adorable too! 🙂 xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Aw how lovely, thank you so much Helen! I'm so glad you liked it! 😀 ♡

  15. Amy
    May 6, 2017 / 3:14 am

    These photos are gorgeous! It looks like something from a Fairy Tale ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      That means so much, thank you so much Amy!! ♡

  16. NatiDí
    May 6, 2017 / 7:51 am

    Your photos are always so magical!

    • elizabeth
      May 7, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      Aw so kind, thanks so much Rari! 😀 ♡

  17. Unknown
    May 11, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    So beautiful, I'd love to explore here! Captured beautifully as always. – Amy

  18. Moonsparkle
    May 30, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Beautiful. The Lake District is definitely on my list of places to visit!

  19. Sarah @ Raiin Monkey
    July 20, 2017 / 1:37 am

    Rydal Hall & Gardens look so wondeful 🙂 *adds to UK travel bucket list* What a beautiful Magnolia tree! How lucky that you got to hold an Orange Tip Butterfly! My university campus was in the countryside and the woodlands there was covered with this species of butterfly and in Spring time, I would spend my Sunday afternoons trying to photograph them. I never got as close as you did though! x

    Sarah | Raiin Monkey

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