With their exquisite blend of wild and cultivated terrain, the 10 acres of gardens at Otley Hall provide a feast for the senses. They include parts of an important design by Francis Inigo Thomas (1866-1950), featuring an H-canal, nutteries, croquet lawn, rose garden and moat walk. In addition, there are historically accurate recreations designed by Sylvia Landsberg, author of The Medieval Garden. These include an orchard, a herber, and a knot garden.
The Gardens host an abundance of wildlife. The majestic peacocks are always on hand to enchant visitors. But sit quietly on one of the many benches and you will see some of the 75 species of bird noted in the grounds by Percy Thrower. If you are very fortunate, you may just spot a kingfisher, water vole or perhaps even an otter – all have been seen in the grounds by the owners!
Conservation and nature play important roles at Otley. Particular care has been taken to encourage the growth of wild flowers and hedges, as well as preserve the habitats of native wildlife. Otley Hall's gardens were placed 6th in a poll undertaken by The Independent in the "Top 50 Best British Gardens to Visit" and came second in the 'gardens with significant architecture' category.