Houghton Lodge & Gardens
Idyllically set above the tranquil waters of the River Test in Stockbridge, the formal and informal gardens at Houghton Lodge are Grade II* listed and surround an enchanting and unique example of an 18th Century "Cottage Orné".
Chalk Cob walls enclose a traditional Kitchen Garden with a themed Herb garden, rose arbour, avenue of old apple trees and espaliers, peony walk, asparagus beds, rows of vegetables, the well border, a wild flower meadow, and in summer, sweet peas elegantly entwining their way up their bamboo canes. The wonderful Orchid House includes many rare varieties.
In early summer the fragrant peonies line the stunning Rose Arbour path leading to hidden corners of the garden. The herbaceous border has year long beauty, bursting with bulbs in the spring, a tapestry of colour in the summer, and dahlias to brighten your heart in the autumn.
Enjoy over 15 acres of meadows and walks along the picturesque River Test and meet resident Alpacas, Tom, Dick, Harry, Herbert and some sheep! Not forgetting the 'snorting' Topiary Dragon.
Freshly prepared light lunches, cream teas and homemade cakes are served with teas and coffees in The Orangery Tea Rooms.
Opening Times: 1st April to 30th September 2017, Daily, 10am - 5pm
Admission Rates: Garden only: Adults £6.50, Children £3.00, Children under 3 FREE.
Group Rates: Garden visit: For groups under 30 £6.50, Groups over 30 £6.00. House tour and garden visit: For groups under 30 £16.00 Groups over 30 £15.00.
Bespoke packages available for tours of garden with head gardener and lunch, and for tour of house with owner and lunch. Group visits must be pre-booked. See website for details.
Facilities: The Orangery Tea Rooms serving light lunches, afternoon tea, cream teas, homemade cakes and specialist coffees.
Disabled Access: The garden is not suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters due to hills and gravel paths. There is full access to The Tea Rooms and Orangery, and patio. See website for access statement.
Special Events: See website for details of special events and special house tours for visitors.
Coach Parking: Yes, adjacent to entrance.
Length of Visit: ½ day
Booking Contact: Sophie Busk, Houghton Lodge, Near Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6LQ.
Tel: 01264 810502
Location: Houghton Lodge is in the heart of the Test Valley, only an hour and a half from Central London, a simple and usually fast journey straight down the M3 and the A30. Houghton Lodge Gardens is five minutes from the local town of Stockbridge. Follow the signs to Houghton Lodge Gardens.