King John's Nursery and Garden
The romantic eight-acre gardens of King John’s Lodge are as beautiful as they are tranquil and have captured the hearts of many a garden writer both in the UK and abroad. With the stunning house as its backdrop, the grounds boast formal lawns with a fountain and lily pond, a wild garden with ancient apple trees and a meadow. By the front of the house, and a favorite with visitors, is a secret pond with a woodland walk featuring a statue of Oberon and Titania. Nearby, sheep graze and white fantail pigeons flutter in the picturesque parkland which surrounds the southern and eastern sides of the house and gardens.
Most of the plants we sell at the nursery are grown on site and the nursery shop is often affectionately referred to as an Aladdin's Cave with a wide and varied range of gifts and goods, from gardeners' tools and organic plant feeds, to local artwork, antiques and eco-friendly products. The café which has been revamped and expanded for this year is a delightful space to take lunch or afternoon tea and focuses on using local, seasonal produce. All in all King John’s Nursery and Garden is a wonderful destination for visitors to the South East of England.
Opening times: April-October: 10am to 5pm (closed Tuesdays); November-March: 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesdays). Closed in January.
Admission rates: £4.50 per person, under 16 free
Group rate: £4.50 (group leader free).
Facilities: Nursery, Shop, Café and disabled toilets
Disabled access: Yes, most of the garden is on the flat, car park is shingle and ramp available for step into shop otherwise café and toilets have disabled access.
Toilets on site: Yes
Car/coach parking: Yes
Guided tours: All group visits get an introductory talk for 5-10 mins on the history and layout of the garden.
Special events: Please refer to website, various events throughout the year.
Length of visit: 2 hours
Booking Contact: Harry Cunningham
King John’s Nursery & Garden, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19 7AZ.
Telephone: 01580 819220
Location: From the A21 at Hurst Green take the A265 to Etchingham. After the church take the next right onto Church Lane (brown sign for nursery) we are 2 miles on the left.