Lockdown Gardening Diary

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It has been five weeks since we closed the gates on the Middleton Lodge Estate. We have been quietly collecting our thoughts and enjoying the surreal tranquillity of our grounds. 
We want to share with you what’s going on across the estate as we maintain the land, plant new seedlings and watch the estate spring new growth.
Andrew Webb & son Darren moved into the Estate taking residency for lockdown. They have made the Head gardeners cottage and Potting Shed bedrooms their home from home. We would like to share their diary entries so that you can keep up to date with what’s goings on.


At present despite all the recent rain we are having to water all new planting. We have started to sow and plant vegetables, potatoes and broad beans have gone in this week. We have been planning and are taking full opportunity of this quiet time to expand our gardens so we have also been planting a new orchard above the fig house, opposite the restored Dog Kennel bedroom (coming soon to the estate) .We have been planting trees including apples, pears, plums, quince, mulberry and medlars.
This week the sun has been shining, the garden is starting to come back to life from the winter.


Work continues in the garden, the grass has started to grow so mowing has started, we have been preparing the ground in the new orchard above the fig house. We are going to sow it as a meadow. Continuing to sow vegetable seeds in greenhouse, pruning and tidying shrubs on the estate. As we have no customers here at the moment it is giving us a good opportunity to tidy areas like the car parks and driveways.


As the garden starts to grow we have been busy watering all new planting as the weather has been good this week, with spring sunshine.
Now sowing vegetable seeds in the polytunnel, these include cucumber, aubergines, kale, cabbage and other brassicas. Putting up canes for beans that will be planted out in May. We have been raking down the vegetable plots in preparation for sowing veg outdoors next week, these will include salad crops, beetroot, spring onions, parsnips and turnips.
Also been planting new borders around the soon to be pool area, with shrubs and herbs.


The sun continues to shine which is great, but it does mean we are having to water everything we have planted over the last few weeks. Continuing to sow vegetables in the greenhouse, pricking out as they become large enough. The tomatoes are starting to grow, but as the nights are still cold using the fig house to keep them warm.
Mowing the lawns weekly now to keep them looking good for when the lodge reopens.


April has been a very dry month, we are watering all new planting and any vegetable seeds that we have sown. We are now also sowing runner beans, french beans and courgettes in the greenhouse.
Even though it has been rather dry the weeds are starting to grow, so we are going round and removing them all before they go to seed.
We have been clearing the trees and branches across the estate that were wind damaged from the storms in winter. We are taking the opportunity to do this whilst its quiet, in hope that the Lodge will be opening again sometime soon.
The gardens are looking well, all the tulips and narcissus are now in full flower.

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An update from the Estate

Whilst it is still far from clear when it will be appropriate to reopen our hotel & restaurant, our upmost priority is to protect you, our customers and the Middleton Lodge team. We have therefore tentatively decided to reopen on Thursday 23rd July. We will be implementing new systems to improve safety across the estate and work to the social distancing guidelines. Please bear with us as these may evolve and improve as we adjust to this new way or working. We will be introducing ‘contactless stays’ with more in room dining options, a new gatehouse & online check-in, private hot tubs as well as new alfresco dining options. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to!

What about my booking?

If you have a booking of any kind (hotel, spa or restaurant) due to take place before 23rd July 2020 we will be in touch with you personally via telephone or email. If you would consider rescheduling rather than completely cancelling your booking, that would mean so much to us as an independent hotel. We promise to do everything we can to deal with this situation as swiftly as we can.We are deeply sorry for the disappointment this causes; it has been a tough decision to make, but ultimately the right one. We respectfully request that you do not need to contact us about your booking at this time, unless directly requested to do so. Our lovely team are dealing with this as quickly as possible, and we don't want to overwhelm them, or slow the process for you.

Gift Vouchers

The redemption period will be extended to allow for this unplanned closure. If you would like to purchase a voucher please email the team via our contact page.

What Next?

Behind the scenes, our dedicated team will keep working diligently to ensure that we re-open in a way that is better than ever. You will be given the first opportunity to reschedule your stay and, when the time comes, we'll offer a safe, restful escape from this global ordeal.Please take care and stay safe. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support during this difficult time. We can't wait to welcome you back.

The Allison Family and Middleton Lodge Team x