Sleightholmedale Lodge was re-modelled in 1909 by the great-grandfather of the present owners, Patrick & Natasha James. A walled garden was constructed on the south-sloping valley side and divided by an arrangement of paths to give four main plots in the centre and broad borders around the walls. Descending terraces run down to the valley floor. An orchard was planted to the west of this walled garden and is a marvellous sight in the spring, when covered with thousands of narcissus and snowdrops.
Much of the rich planting is the product of consistent manuring over 100 years. Several varieties of plants re-appear in a substantial way including meconopsis, fox-gloves, campanula, philadelphus, martagon lilies, Paeonia delavayi, clematis, honeysuckles, climbing roses and many more.
This is a garden of beautiful planting, nestled in a secret valley in the North York Moors national park. A treasure to visit when open for the National Gardens Scheme.