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. It is idyllically set above the tranquil waters of the River Test.
The walled garden is home to a heritage orchard enclosed by a historical chalk cob wall. It provides protection to 32 different varieties of apple tree, and our recently crowned champion pear for being the widest espaliered pear tree in Britain-now 54' long. There is a wonderful herb garden with medicinal, natural dye, perfumery/potpourri and herbal tea beds. See traditional vegetable beds and a fruit cage with golden and red raspberries which provides a safe haven for our family of Mille Fleur Pekin bantems. You will also see our hosta and iris beds, an impressive collection of Kelways peonies, bramley apple tunnel, cutting, scented and wildflower beds, orchid house, sweet peas, stunning rose and clematis arbour all of which provide a kaleidoscope of colour from summer through to the first frosts of autumn.
Ambling down to the river, visitors can engage with our ever-friendly alpacas, Tom, Dick, Harry and Herbert and meet the little flock of Hebridean sheep. On approaching the wooden bridge, visitors need to be wary of our resident topiary dragon who enjoys puffing his welcome. Nearby, the serpentine walk offers an enchanting mix of the quiet and scents of ancient times, with breath taking views over the water meadows. Before returning to the walled garden, see the splendour of the semi- formal box parterre that makes up the stunning peacock topiary garden.
Opening Times: 12th April - 30th September 2021
11am - 5pm Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm Saturday /Sunday / Bank Holidays.
Admission Rates: Garden only: Adults £9.00, Children £4.50, Children under 3 FREE.
Group Rates: Garden only: For groups up to and including 30 members £9.00. Groups of 31 or over £8.50
House and Garden: For groups up to and including 30 members £19.00. Groups of 31 or over £18.50. Group visits must be pre-booked. See website for details.
Facilities: Tearooms serving light lunches, afternoon tea, cream teas, homemade cakes and coffees in The Orangery. The Apple Rooms - Six luxury accommodation units 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, Orangery and patio. See website for accessibility guide.
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/Email: 01264 810502 firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Houghton Lodge is in the heart of the Test Valley, 20 minutes from Andover, Romsey, Salisbury and Winchester. We are close to excellent road networks with the M3, A303 and A30 running east-west and the A34 running north-south. Houghton is approximately an hour and a half from Central London, an hour from Oxford and 45 minutes from Southampton and the New Forest. Winchester and Andover are our nearest mainline guide when stations (to/from London, Waterloo). We are five minutes from the local town of Stockbridge.
Updated: May 2021