Here at Kiss The Bride, we’ve been keeping you abreast of all the wonderful delights that country house hotel Grinkle Park has to offer.
And let’s be honest, the beautiful estate has rather a lot to shout about.
However, some might say that we’ve saved the best till last – or have we?
Now that spring is rearing its head, Grinkle’s famed rhododendron avenue is getting ready to bloom, transforming the already lovely green flanked driveway and picture postcard grounds into a mass of colour.
The beautiful blooms create quite a spectacular display and draw visitors to the estate, which is situated on the edge of the North York Moors near Easington, east Cleveland.
They are also, quite naturally, another of Grinkle’s simply stunning backgrounds for wedding photographs.
So, ever curious, we thought we’d find out a bit more about the blooms and just what goes in to keeping them in all their glory.
GrinklePark’s general manager Richard Ibbott tells us that no-one really knows when the rhododendrons were first planted – but every available picture of the estate show the entrance lane flanked by the bushes in various stages of growth.
The hotel’s groundsman has his work cut out as the flowers grow at a phenomenal rate and have to be pruned back before they can take over, Richard says: “sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind with rhododendrons or else they become too woody and lose the ability to flower.”
“Many a visitor come to enjoy them. Some bring tea, some sit and paint or photograph and others will simply have a stroll around the grounds and enjoy them.”
The beautiful flowers which vary in shades of purple make for a spectacular show when the rhododendrons are in full bloom, usually for around five weeks from mid May.
Could there be anything nicer than afternoon tea on the lawn surrounded by the grounds in all their glory? We think not.