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"A wonderful example of a privately owned English garden"

Rosemary Campbell-Preston, The Plant School

"A garden for all seasons!"

"A feminine and natural garden, combining
informality with structure"

Welcome to The Old Rectory Gardens


Dear Friends of The Old Rectory Gardens

I hope you are all continuing to stay safe and well and we apologise to all our friends and supporters for not opening our gardens sooner.

Our season has been, like the virus, one of huge lows plus a few highs, as we struggled to maintain the equilibrium from the beginning of the season till now. In a sentence, to explain why we had to close, we are too small an operation to apply for Government support and our small team had to self-isolate or not come to work, during several key months at the beginning of the season. Therefore, it has taken time and a huge effort to catch up!

We will be be closely following Government guidelines and if necessary, will close again, should safety of our visitors and ourselves be compromised. If all goes well we will be open on Friday and Saturday 12 noon to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)* for the rest of July and August, except for the first week of August when we will be holding our popular pop-up restaurant The Garden Menu here in the gardens.

WE WILL BE CLOSED ON 1 AUGUST – Sadly we will be closing this coming Saturday as we start preparing for out pop-up restaurant next week. If you were intending to come we would love to welcome you one day in the future.

We look forward to welcoming you back for a gentle stroll in our private gardens, a cup of tea and cake and maybe something special from a tiny gift shop! Click here for all the finer details.

* Gardener’s World 2-for-1 offer. Please note our new opening days.


Nest are returning from Wednesday 5th August – Saturday 8th. Serving their delicious fresh and highly original menu outside in the gardens.

DINNER: from 6.30pm Wednesday – Saturday

LUNCH: from 12.30pm Thursday – Saturday

To book please click on BOOK A TABLE  or for more information please contact

Toby at

Thank you all for your patience!

With best wishes

The Old Rectory Team


Hand sanitizer will be placed at various points to be used.

We will serve tea and cake from disposable cups/plates and the shop will only be open for one family group or individual at a time. We would prefer card payments but can handle cash. All refreshments will be served outside. We do have a small awning if necessary. We only have one loo, (which will be regularly cleaned). We ask that everyone parks with consideration to others in the Paddock Car Park. Therefore, we ask that you all please come prepared.

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The Old Rectory Gardens

Hidden within one of the prettiest Northamptonshire villages and situated in a conservation area, The Old Rectory Gardens is a tranquil, private and unique English destination. Around every corner a new surprise of space, colour, form and texture can be seen. With a backdrop of open fields, the gardens look out towards the horizon. Comprising 2.5 acres of gardens plus additional woodland, it offers the visitor interest throughout the year.

The gardens hold a wide variety of rare and unusual herbaceous plants, trees and shrubs. These included a veteran Robinia pseudoacacia, standard Lycianthes rantonnetii, Tibouchina urvilleana together with a varied collection of Salvias. There are also many old roses in the gardens, including, a large Rosa ‘Raubritter’ across the south wall of the Rectory.