Designed by Samuel Wyatt, the Grade II Listed Walled Garden was built 1805-06 to replace a kitchen garden that sat closer to the mansion. At the time, this new Walled Garden would have been at the cutting edge of farming innovation, from its trapezoid shape to catch as much sun as possible, to its steam-heated walls for growing peaches and pineapples and the underground mushroom house. It employed around 20 gardeners, six days a week and each earnt 1s 8d a day.
An Italian restaurant in Derby which bought in Gordon Ramsay to help turn it around went into liquidation. Ristorante La Gondola on Ormaston Road was run by Daniela Bayfield and is now closed. Ms Bayfield bought in Gordon Ramsay in June 2005, shortly after she opened, as part of the Channel 4’s Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. Ramsay’s advice and the TV publicity gave the restaurant an initial boost but further cash flow difficulties have forced a closure. This Italian restaurant with rooms is an 8-minute walk from Arboretum Park, a 12-minute walk from Derby train station and a 14-minute walk from the shops at Derby. The individually styled standard simple rooms had traditional-style decor and furnishings, and all come with TVs, minibars, tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms and the bridal suite are more luxurious in style, and add extra features such as canopy beds. There was an on-site Venetian restaurant offering discounts for hotel guests, while other amenities included meeting rooms and free parking.