There’s plenty to keep you busy in and around Melbourne, but we’ve picked several hidden gems that are really worth the trip!
Melbourne is a picturesque little market town, south of Derby and although small in size, it most certainly isn’t short of great things to do. The town is bursting with character, with many Georgian buildings, a stunning Norman church and quirky streets that build a real sense of authenticity to what is a simply beautiful place.
So without further ado, here are five amazing places to visit around the South Derbyshire jewel of Melbourne.
1. Melbourne Hall Gardens
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Melbourne Hall is a stunning Historic House. Although listed as a Grade II building, over 20 features in the property are Grade I, making Melbourne Hall a treasure of Derbyshire.
Although Melbourne Hall is extraordinary, the Gardens in particular are breathtaking. Taking a relaxing stroll in the Gardens, with idyllic and enchanting, 360 degree views, is a real treat on the eyes, we can assure you.
A major feature of the garden is the wrought iron arbour known as the ‘Birdcage’ which was made by the celebrated ironsmith Robert Bakewell in 1706-1708. This focal point is surrounded by an array of pretty flower beds, shrubbery and proudly stood trees.
Make sure you check out Melbourne Hall Garden’s website for more information on opening times by clicking HERE and make room in your diary for a delightful trip out.
2. Melbourne Hall Tea Rooms
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One of the best bits about Melbourne Hall Gardens is the fact that there’s a beautiful Tea Room right next to it. There couldn’t be a more pleasant place to enjoy a refreshing drink following a wonderful walk around the gracious grounds.
It doesn’t stop there though, because as well as the array of teas, coffees and cold drinks, the mouth watering range of food on offer includes wonderful cooked breakfasts, home cooked lunches (with daily specials), afternoon teas, sandwiches and delightful freshly home made cakes. All this with a warm friendly atmosphere and waitress service. Click HERE to see Melbourne Hall Tea Rooms’ website.
3. Pierre Hourlier Wines
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Luckily for you, there is a magnificent wine merchant in Melbourne, called Pierre Hourlier Wines!
Pierre Hourlier Wines is owned and run by a Frenchman, Pierre Hourlier – together with his son, Jean-Pierre. As a team they have uncovered and brought to Derbyshire some of France’s best kept winery secrets.
Their knowledge and passion for wine is clear to see from the first moment you enter their shop on Church Square at Melbourne Visitor Centre.
Want something to try?
They’ve given us their expert recommendation on what to drink after a day of exploring. Their choice is a stunning bottle of Malbec, more specifically a Maison Georges Vigouroux.
The actual taste is that of pure delight. The wine is ripe with great blackberry fruits, juicy acidity and soft texture – perfect for the spring and summer months. Take a look at this one as well as a number of other fabulous wines by clicking on Pierre Hourlier Wines’ website HERE.
4. Christian Rose Violins
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Melbourne is also home for a small and very unique violin shop called Christian Rose Violins. Whether you play the violin or not, it’s a lovely little shop where appreciation can be made for these graceful instruments.
With some of these violins dating back to the 19th century, but looking as good as new, for the real enthusiast this is a haven for a great deal on a beautiful piece of equipment.
Owner of the shop, Peter Rose has a rich and interesting history with the violin. He was a violin teacher until 2013, having graduated from Huddersfield School of Music and decided to fulfil the ambition of having his own shop. In addition, Peter was also the Principal Viola with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company who he travelled with to perform across the country.
There really is no better place to get information and advice on the violin, viola or cello than at Christian Rose Violins. Click HERE to find out more.
5. Millpond Antiques Melbourne
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Our fifth gem of Melbourne is located within the Melbourne Hall Visitors Centre. Millpond Antiques & Collectables is a true “Aladdin’s Cave” where you can find the perfect addition to any collection.
The wide range of items include Militaria, Toys, Camera’s, Jewellery, Handbags, Coins, Trains, Porcelain, Clocks and Furniture to name but a few. Millpond also specialise in clock sales, service and repairs.
There are some extraordinary original clocks in the showroom which are quite literally timeless! Make sure you go and visit this impressive emporium as we almost guarantee you’ll walk away with a purchase! Click HERE to browse through some of their collection.
Well there you have it folks, five hidden gems that make up the jewel of Melbourne in South Derbyshire. Let us know about your visit to Melbourne as we’d love to hear it!
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