Ellicar Garden Wedding

Friday 21st May open gardens cancelled due to poor weather

Dates 2021
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11am - 4pm
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Adult £5 / Child £3
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No booking required
Fri 15th Oct
Fri 22nd Oct
Fri 29th Oct
‘Due to staff shortages resulting from COVID, our gardens are closed until further notice. We hope to open again in late October. Please keep an eye on the website for updates and we are sorry for any inconvenience’

Our Story

Wild Swimming

The journey began in 2008...

...when we moved to our new family home with 11 acres of neglected fields. Little did we know it would lead us to Ellicar - our award-winning natural pool company. 

The vibrant beauty of Ellicar Gardens today is in stark contrast to those neglected fields. The first two years were spent clearing brambles and fencing paddocks for our ever-growing menagerie. It was hard work but fun, and we loved the wild, open feel and big skies.

We were itching to start the garden but it was daunting knowing where to begin. Creating a naturalistic garden for our family, including our animals, who are a big part of our lives, was important to us. So, we watched the sun, the wind, learned about our rich black soil and observed how we used the space. In fact, it's how we approach client projects today – whether designing and constructing a natural pool or outside space.


Natural Pool & Prairie Planting

Our pool, its borders and surrounding bog garden is planted with water lilies, reeds and marginals, making it a magnet for wildlife. And merging it seamlessly with the garden. Read More...

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Rose & Gravel Garden

In spring, a succession of snowdrops, muscari, then white daffodils are followed by jewel-like tulips, then purple alliums and Siberian irises take centre stage. Weeping standard roses and shrub roses perfume the air in summer, jostling for space with giant Cardoons, colourful perennials and grasses. Read More...

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Meadow Garden & Woodland Walk

A winding crab apple avenue leads from the orchard, underplanted with thousands of molinias, Siberian irises, geums, lythrum and other moisture-loving perennials. Known as 'Butterfly Walk', this walkway leads to a perennial meadow sown from seed. Narrow grass pathways winding through the meadow take you on an uplifting journey through thousands of jostling flowers, bumblebees and butterflies. Read More...

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Winter Garden

The first Elwesii snowdrops break bud on New Year's Day. Fragrant flowering shrubs like Sarcococca, Lonicera, Daphnes and Viburnums perfume the air, and a carpet of dusky Hellebores and tiny winter bulbs are waiting to be discovered. Wrapped around these winter treats is a colourful backdrop of Cornus stems, from darkest purple to flaming reds and yellows.  Read More...

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Animals at Ellicar Gardens

Pekin bantams, guinea fowl and giant Toulouse geese wander freely around the gardens. While our friendly Golden Guernsey goats wander through walkways from paddock to paddock. Two curious llamas often pop their heads over the fence behind our natural pool to check who's home!  Read More...

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Wildlife at Ellicar

It is our greatest joy to share our garden with wildlife. Since starting our gardens in 2010, the biodiversity and ecosystem that have developed is astounding. Read More...

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Ellicar Open Gardens

We open our gardens to the public for special events and charity days. Immerse yourself in nature exploring our gardens and relaxing by the pool. And watch as a host of wildlife puts on a show-stopping performance. Open Garden dates will be added here as they're confirmed. 

22nd & 23rd June 2023
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Serving teas at Ellicar
Golden Guernsey Goats at Ellicar Gardens
tea and cake on the terrace

Visit our Natural Pool

Our award-winning natural pool is the perfect source of inspiration for anyone considering a natural pool by Ellicar. If you'd like to book a consultation and visit to see our expertise first-hand and discuss a natural pool in your garden, please get in touch.

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Find us

Ellicar Gardens, Carr Rd, Gringley on the Hill, Doncaster, DN10 4SN

Sat Nav brings you to our gate. For those coming from Misterton, ignore your sat nav and drive to the village of Gringley on the Hill, turn left onto Leys Lane, and follow the road out of the village for about 1.5 miles. We are situated on the left, the last obvious property opposite a cream house on the right. Look out for the swing signs at our gate.

Get in touch

If you're considering a natural pool or looking to create an outdoor space that's as beautiful as it is functional, we'd love to hear from you.

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