In March 1996, Jane 12th Duchess of Northumberland presented an idea, a vision, to the then Estate Clerk of Works for The Northumberland Estates, Ian August. The vision is what we now know to be The Alnwick Garden.
Her vision was bold, daring and, to a lesser man, terrifying. But Ian was captivated not only by the proposed plans but by the enthusiasm and excitement of the Duchess. The project would be difficult, drawn out and there would be a lot of people to convince. That glimmer was enough for the Duchess, with Ian working alongside her, to ensure The Alnwick Garden would be completed and successful.
The garden has an impressive treehouse in it and at the heart of the Treehouse is one of the most beautiful and unique restaurants to be found anywhere in the world. There’s a roaring log fire in the centre of the room, trees growing through the floor, handcrafted furniture and screens created from fallen branches. Most importantly, the locally-inspired food is delicious.