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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


Sadly due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to close the gardens. We are fully intending to re-open on Saturday 26th June, please check the website for details.

We are truly sorry that we have had to close the gardens at this time.

The Garden Menu – our Pop-up Restaurant run by the chefs from award-winning Nest and Fenn restaurants, will be returning for a fourth year running from Tuesday 20th– Saturday  24th July serving lunch and dinner. The Old Rectory Gardens, Sudborough, will become home – and kitchen – to this exciting London enterprise, using produce from the garden for a truly unique experience.


For more details about the menu and to book your table.


We are so excited to be welcoming you back for a gentle stroll in our private gardens, a cup of tea and cake and maybe something special from our tiny gift shop. Selling beautiful items from local artisans.

The gardens will be open from Wednesday, 5 May, and every following Wednesday and Saturday, 12 noon to 5pm, last entry 4.30pm. Please check our calendar before visiting in case of any last-minute changes.


We will be be closely following Government guidelines.

Hand sanitizer will be placed at various points around the gardens. Please use it.

We will serve tea and cake from disposable cups/plates and the shop will only be open for one bubble group or three individuals 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. In short, please come prepared and enjoy your visit safely!

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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.