Houghton Lodge Gardens
Houghton Lodge Gardens is the ideal place to visit, whether your passion lies with Historic houses or beautiful gardens - or both. One of the most beautiful privately owned homes and gardens in Hampshire.
The Grade II* listed formal and informal gardens surround the UK's best surviving example of an 18th Century Cottage Orné, idyllically set above the tranquil waters of the River Test with views across picturesque water meadows. 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, the well border, a wild flower meadow, and in summer, sweet peas elegantly entwining their way up their bamboo canes. Don't miss the wonderful Orchid House.
In early summer the fragrant peonies line the stunning rose arbour path leading to hidden corners of the garden. The Long 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 and Herbert. Not forgetting the 'snorting' Topiary Dragon.
Freshly prepared light lunches, cream teas and homemade cakes are served with teas and coffees in the Honesty tea rooms at Houghton Lodge Gardens.
Opening Times: 1st April to 30th September 2018, 11am - 5pm Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm Saturday / Sunday / Bank Holidays.
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.
Group visits must be pre-booked. See website for details.
Facilities: Tearooms serving light lunches, afternoon tea, cream teas, homemade cakes and specialist coffees in The Orangery.
New for 2018: The Apple Rooms - Six accommodation units launching in spring for tourists, wedding guests and fishing retreats.
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.