Eyre Hall

Eyre Hall, Cheriton: Address, Eyre Hall Reviews: 5/5

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david w
Colonial Heights, VA79 contributions
Beautiful mature shaded gardens
Aug 2021 • Couples
Eyre Hall is not advertised at all it seems, and you would ride right by it on busy route 13. It is a national historic landmark.The huge beautiful mansion is closed to the public, which we knew prior to going. The gardens are what we went there for. You must see these immaculate beautiful shade gardens. The whole garden is shaded by huge trees, including crepe myrtle thats larger then I've ever seen. There are bences set about to sit and listen and relax. At the back of the garden there is a path that goes to the water. Oh and by the way its free. You just drive down the mile long dirt drive and park at the garden sign and walk right in behind the house.
Written August 26, 2021
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wws68
Princeton, NJ268 contributions
Exquisite garden shared by generous host family
Apr 2021
Eyre Hall garden is unique. No signs, no publicity, free admission. Turn right off 13S into a mile-long tree-lined allee to arrive at the 18c plantation house and elegant old formal garden.
Written May 2, 2021
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Kendra
South Saint Paul, MN7 contributions
majestic!
Nov 2019
This was everything everyone has said! the drive to the garden was majestic, even though the leaves had all fallen and the garden was not in bloom, it was beautiful to just imagine.
Written December 13, 2019
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MichelleGooden
Cape Charles, VA20 contributions
Such a rare hidden gem
Oct 2019
So grateful to the family who own this incredible hidden gem for allowing the public to tour the grounds even when the home itself is no longer open to the public (except one day a year during Chrismastime). At first I was so confused as to where to go, and where to park, and what exactly is the area we are allowed to tour. But after reading other reviews I learned it was perfectly ok to walk around the area within the tall fenced walls and then even to leave the gate at the back of the garden and tour the trails leading to the water and through the woods. It was a little confusing whenever I would happen upon another home at the end of a trail/path, but i would just be respectful and move along quickly. Such a peaceful, unique garden that makes me as an American imagine what a true English garden would be like to visit. Be sure to venture in the Orangerie - that is a very cool structure with beautiful brick walls and openings, perfect for some beautiful photos. Be sure to wear bug spray in the non-cold months because man the mosquitoes will eat you alive
Written October 20, 2019
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urbanguy
Richmond, VA3,913 contributions
A Botanical Oasis on the Lower Eastern Shore
Jul 2019
You take a mile plus long dirt road. The road is beautiful, lined with very old cedar trees. Soon, you'll reach a sign, "Garden," with an arrow on it. Turn right, until you reach another sign, similarly marked. We parked opposite this second sign and walked in the direction of the garden. It'll take you to a magnificent garden, with boxwood-lined paths. If you meander around, you'll find a pat that'll lead you to the ruins of the 1817 "Orangerie."

Eyre Hall....it's kind of an oasis, a beautiful oasis, not far off the beaten track of Route 13. And, it's free!
Written August 25, 2019
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Water Dog
Virginia Beach, VA269 contributions
Secret private garden that's open to the public
May 2019 • Friends
The gardens at Eyre Hall are an Eastern Shore secret. The owners at Eyre Hall are incredibly generous to share their private estate garden with the public daily. If you know where to go, (ask a local for directions) you can visit the gardens during the day, just drive in, park and take in the beauty. Walk around, read a book, paint or just sit and take it all in. The immaculate gardens are manicured and nursed to perfection overflowing with flowers and some of the oldest and most magnificent Crepe Myrtle trees you will see anywhere. Study where the trunks have grown together. The home is a private residence and only open during special events. Please respect the gardens, take only the fragrances and memories and help asure future generations might be willing to share this generous gift.
Written May 13, 2019
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Laurel K
10 contributions
Secret Garden
Sep 2018 • Couples
Our B and B hosts recommended this gem. We enjoyed the solitude of the gardens with its tall boxwood and quiet spaces. We also enjoyed the walk down to the river and the views of egrets flying overhead. Thanks for keeping such a lovely garden.
Written October 2, 2018
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travelexplorer27
Salisbury404 contributions
Beautiful colonial gardens!
Jul 2018 • Couples
Eyre Hall, a beautiful 1758 home is only open to the public once a year around Christmas time; but, the owners are very gracious about sharing their lovely gardens with the public every day. There is no charge! It was a little difficult for us to find this place, as it is to the right before you see the sign for the town of Cheriton; it's really closer to Eastville. You travel down a mile-long dirt lane lined with magnificent crape myrtle trees! Sooooo beautiful, if you are there when they are in bloom! You will come to the house and see a sign on your right that says "Garden". Go to the white fence and park on the grass inside the fence. Then, walk to the garden which is just behind the plantation home. The garden is immaculately maintained and you will feel so peaceful walking around; however, be aware of roots sticking up in the ground. The first thing we did was walk behind the house and saw a relic of a brick building; it is the remains of an "orangery" which was used to protect orange trees, etc. during the winter. Walk around to the back of it and you will see the remains of two huge fireplaces. There are paths throughout the gardens and you will see beautiful blooming plants, along with formal boxwood, etc. Just magnificent! There is a family graveyard nearby. The property overlooks the Cherrystone Creek. You will feel totally relaxed after you visit these beautiful grounds. So, THANK YOU, dear owners for sharing such beauty with everyone!
Written July 29, 2018
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mynuidntt
Forest Hill, MD26 contributions
Eyre Hall: We had these immaculate, tranquil, and charming grounds to ourselves.
Jun 2018
We were told about Eyre Hall by the innkeepers at Cape Charles House B & B. Fabulous find! Most information about this Colonial Era home, gardens, and grounds seems to pass by word of mouth. The beautiful 1758 home is only open to the public around Christmas we were told, but the free-of-charge gardens and grounds are open for exploration. At 10:30 AM we had the place to ourselves. Lovely out-buildings dot the property. A shaded mile-long entrance drive is lined with mature crape myrtle trees. Park on the grass inside the fenced-in paddock directed to the right. The walled gardens behind the house are formal, but creative. The well kempt plantings offer a mixture of mature trees with box woods, flowering bushes, ferns, and a large variety of perennials with the occasional piece of sculpture or artistic decoration . Dozens of songbirds chirped and warbled away. Just outside the walls is the Eyre family cemetery. Beautiful ruins of a "wintering over" house once protected orange trees and other at risk plants during the winter. Outside of the rear garden wall a forested tract enticed us with paths and wooded trails featuring many types of trees, wildflowers, butterflies, turtles, ghost crabs, and other wildlife. Be alert for poison ivy. Convenient rustic benches allowed for some quiet time at the water's edge. The property is massive. We could have meandered all day just along Cherrystone Creek. Worth the return trip at different times of year, but especially when the house is open for visitors.
Written June 18, 2018
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farmhand2014
Rochester, NY131 contributions
Do you need and hours peace?
Sep 2017 • Couples
if seeking only an hours peace in a mad world this is it AND amazingly free! The one mile approach surrounded by very old cedars serves to frame the experience, quieting the mind and preparing one for a rare and historical opportunity. We saw only another couple in our visit while slowly enjoying each new view of a precisely managed garden. This is only for those that would have great respect for the owners and managers of the property! Knowing where to walk and not is important to preservation of this masterpiece.
Written October 11, 2017
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