Mount Ephraim Gardens

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In these ten acres of enchanting Edwardian gardens, terraces of fragrant roses lead to a small lake, water garden and woodland area. Framing the terraces is a rock garden featuring a series of pools and Japanese stone bridge. Through a motto gate lies the grass maze based on a medieval labyrinth and planted with ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials.

Nearer to the house is the unusual topiary with a miscellany of birds, animals and First World War memorabilia, sitting alongside a traditional herbaceous border and Millennium Rose Garden, abundant with scented roses. An arboretum, an extensive collection of spring bulbs and many mature trees are other highlights, as are the views over the surrounding countryside.

The West Wing Tea Room serves homemade cakes, afternoon teas and lunches using locally sourced produce. The property also boasts a five bedroom B&B as well as the Garden Wing, sleeping 12, should you wish to stay and explore the local area. The estate has been owned by the Dawes family since 1695 and is still run by the family today. It's this family touch that lends Mount Ephraim Gardens their personal charm.

Fact File

Opening Times: Open April to September on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 11am until 5pm. The gardens are closed for a festival for a week in August – see website for details.
Admission Rates: £8 per adult, £3 per child (aged 4-16), £3 restricted mobility access
Group Rates: Minimum group size 10. Group £7.00 per person
Facilities: West Wing Tea Room, Car Park and Toilets, Guest Rooms and self catering accommodation.
Guided Tours: Guided tours available, prior booking is essential.
Special Events: There are a selected number of special events throughout the season, see website for details.
Disabled Access: Disabled Toilets on site but access limited due to the sloping nature of the garden.
Toilets: Yes including disabled toilet.
Coach/Car Parking: Yes. Length of Visit: 2-2.5 hours.
Booking Contact: Lucy Dawes, Mount Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent ME13 9TX. Telephone: 01227 751496
Location: Just off the end of the M2 near Whitstable and Canterbury.

Updated: March 2023