GROUP: HOUSE AND GARDENS
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|Weds 11th September||Whitehanger, Marley Lane, Haslemere, Sussex GU27 3PY
Set in 6 acres on the edge of the South Downs National Park surrounded by NT woodland, this rural garden was started in 2012 when a new Huf house was built on a derelict site. Now there are lawned areas with beds of perennials, a serenity pool with Koi carp, a wild flower meadow, a Japanese garden, a sculpture garden, a woodland walk and a large rockery.
|Directions: Take the A286 Midhurst road from Haslemere & Shottermill.
After approx 2m turn R into Marley Lane (opp Hatch Lane). After
1m turn R into drive shared with Rosemary Park Nursing Home.
Click for map.
Meet: 2.30. Cost: £9.00 including tea/coffee and cake.
|9 Weds th October|| Gilbert White’s House and Garden, The Wakes, High Street,
Selborne, Hampshire GU34 3JH
Gilbert White & The Oates Collections celebrates the lives of three explorers of the natural world. The historic house was the home of the eighteenth century pioneering naturalist Gilbert White; whose major work The Natural History of Selborne has never been out of print since its publication in 1789. The House is surrounded by 25 acres of majestic restored garden and parkland, which specialises in eighteenth century plants and gardening methods inspired by Gilbert White. The Museum is also home to the Oates Collections where visitors can discover the stories of the nineteenth century explorer Frank Oates, who travelled extensively around Africa and Central America and the heroic Captain Lawrence Oates. The Collection commemorates the life of Lawrence Oates, who travelled with Scott to the South Pole on the epic yet ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition of 1912.
Take the A3 south towards Petersfield. At the Ham Barn roundabout take the 3rd exit on to B3006 to Selborne. The village car park is behind the Selborne Arms. To reach the house and museum, turn left on leaving the car park and continue along the High Street. The house is on the left-hand side. Click for map.
The house, museum, garden and bistro café are open from 10.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Suggest Meet for tea in the about 3.30. Cost: £11.00 for over 60's which entitles you to free admission for a year except for special event days.
Gardens we have visited
|Five Oaks Cottage, Sussex
An acre of delicate jungle surrounding an Arts and Crafts style cottage (not open), with stunning views of the South Downs. This unconventional garden is designed to encourage maximum wildlife, with a knapweed and hogweed meadow on clay attracting clouds of butterflies in July, plus two small ponds and lots of seating.
|Wheatley House, Wheatley Lane, between Binsted & Kingsley,
Bordon, Hampshire GU35 9PA
Situated on a rural hilltop with panoramic views over Alice Holt Forest and the South Downs. The owner admits to being much more of an artist than a plantswoman, but has had great fun creating this 1½ acre garden full of interesting and unusual planting combinations. The sweeping, mixed borders and shrubs are spectacular with colour throughout the season, particularly in late summer.
Directions: A325 from A3 Bordon turnoff towards Farnham. Turn left on B3004 towards Kingsley, then take right turn after approx. ¾ mile (Sickles Lane). Continue on this road, past turning on the left (The Straits) - road name changes to Wheatley Lane - continue to Wheatley House on the right. Click for map.
|Parsonage Farm, Kirdford, Sussex, RH14 0NH
Major garden in beautiful setting developed over 20 yrs with fruit theme and many unusual plants. Formally laid out on grand scale with long vistas; C18 walled garden with borders in apricot, orange, scarlet and crimson; topiary walk; pleached lime allée; tulip tree avenue; rose borders; large vegetable garden with trained fruit; turf amphitheatre; lake; informal autumn shrubbery and jungle walk. Whilst the garden has been designed for visual pleasure and impact it is above all a family garden with a strong feeling of individuality and spirit of place.
Directions: From Plaistow follow directions to Kirdford. When you reach Kirdford turn right at the T junction and the entrance to the farm is almost immediately on the left. Click for map. For SatNav use RH14 0NG
|Coverwood Lakes, Peaslake Road, Ewhurst, Surrey GU6 7NT
14 acre landscaped garden in stunning position high in the Surrey Hills with 4 lakes and bog garden. Extensive rhododendrons, azaleas and fine trees. 3½ acre lakeside arboretum. Marked trail through the 180 acre working farm with Hereford cows and calves, sheep and horses, extensive views of the surrounding hills.
Directions: From A25 follow signs for Peaslake; garden is ½ mile beyond Peaslake on Ewhurst Road.
|Peelers Retreat, 70 Ford Road, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9EX
A stunning garden filled with imaginative woodland sculptures. These quirky yet tasteful additions are set within a wonderful garden laid out around a raised fish pond, small rockery and a babbling stream that wends its way through part of the garden.
Directions: 1m south of Arundel. Approach Arundel on the A284. At the roundabout junction with the A27 take exit to Ford & Bognor Regis onto Ford Road. Peelers Retreat is approx. ¾ mile on the right. Garden is situated close to Maxwell Road. Limited parking on Ford Road outside the property. Alternative parking can be found in Maxwell Road, one minute's walk from Peelers Retreat.
|Shamley Wood Estate, Woodhill Lane, Shamley Green, Guildford, Surrey GU5 0SP
Sitting high on the North Downs, the garden enjoys beautiful views of the South Downs and is approached through a 10 acre deer park. Set within approximately 3 acres, there is a large pond and established rose garden. More recent additions include a stream, fire pits, dry garden, heather, vegetable garden and woodland walk.
Directions: The entrance is about ¼ mile from the centre of Shamley Green. Turn down Woodhill Lane (right in the centre of Shamley Green) opposite the village shop. You will drive through the village green and the road will bend to the right and then to the left. The entrance is signposted Shamley Wood Estate on the next right hand bend. Turn left up the hill on the concrete track and continue up through two sets of gates. At the top, drive past the house and continue a short way until you reach a gravel car park.
|Hatchlands Park (NT), East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RT
Georgian country house with 400 acres of rolling parkland and woodland with year round seasonal colour. You can explore six beautifully restored rooms, see some of Robert Adam’s earliest work, plus wonderful collections of paintings and musical instruments brought together by tenant Alec Cobbe. This year the NT are celebrating the life and achievements of Frances Boscawen, the first ‘Lady of the House’. She was a founding member of the Bluestocking Society, which gave women a public voice and cultural standing in a time where to be an educated woman was frowned upon. Each room of the house at Hatchlands Park explores different aspects of her life.
Directions: Leave the A3 at the junction signposted Ripley, Woking, Dorking. At the roundabout take 3rd exit on to A247. After about 2 miles turn left at traffic signals on to A246. Entrance to Hatchlands is 1½ miles on the left.
|Jacaranda, Chalk Road, Ifold, W. Sussex RH14 OUE
A plant lover’s garden created by the owners from a bare plot. Curving borders take you on a journey around the garden. Trees with interesting bark, many unusual shrubs and a variety of hosta displays, together with perennials, roses, climbers and bulbs combine to make this a garden for all seasons.
Directions: B2131 out of Haslemere, turn right at the A283 and first left towards Plaistow and Ifold. As you approach Ifold the road bends sharply right but go straight ahead into “The Ride”. Carry on to the crossroads and turn left into Chalk Road, pass the village hall on your left and Jacaranda is a couple of houses along on the right hand side. Look out for NGS sign and balloon markers.
|Stuart Cottage, Ripley Road, East Clandon, GU4 7SF
This much visited ½ acre garden seems to please many, being one for all seasons. July/August Flowerbeds are floriferous with soft coordinated colours and scented plants, vibrant colours will lift the spirits.
Directions: NGS - Up A3,pass M25 then left to Ripley - West Clandon - down to A246 - left to East Clandon / My route will be Godalming - Shalford - Chilworth though to A25 - turn left, then right onto A246,then left into East Clandon.
|Colemore House Gardens, Colemore, Alton. GU34 3RX
4 acres in lovely unspoilt countryside, featuring rooms containing many unusual plants and different aspects. A spectacular arched rose walk, water rill, mirror pond, herbaceous and shrub borders and a new woodland walk. Unusual plants for sale.
Directions: A3 South then follow signs for Selborne, left before village to Newton Valance and left again for Colemore.
|Durford Mill House, West Harting, Petersfield GU31 5AZ
Come and relax in our peaceful mill garden with it's meandering stream and quiet places to sit. Wander along the paths and over the bridges, among the flowers, shrubs and beautiful trees.
Directions: A286 to Midhurst, right on A272 ; through Rogate look for turning on left for Durford Mill and The Hartings.
|The Therapy Garden, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy GU3 2DT
The garden is a horticulture and education charity that uses gardening to generate positive change for adults and teenagers living with learning difficulties and mental health challenges. The garden is designed for accessibility, with raised vegetable and flower beds, sensory areas and quiet spaces.
Directions: A3 towards Guildford, Left to Puttenham, continue on under Hogs Back through Wanborough to Normandy into Glaziers Lane. The garden is within 200 yds of War Memorial.
|Ramster Garden, Chiddingfold GU8 4SN
A stunning mature woodland garden set in 20 acres; spring flowers; may be Embroidery and textile at exhibition.
Directions A283 about 2 miles south of Chiddingfold.
|Springwood House, 85 Petworth Road, Haslemere GU27 3AX
Wooded walkway with large amount of native bluebells and 24 small wooden bridges following spring-fed stream 3 large ponds with further bridges set in parkland type garden, waterfalls connecting ponds, fish and islands.
|Bramdean House, Bramdean, Alresford, SO24 0JU
5 acre garden, carpets of spring bulbs, especially snow drops. A large collection of plants and shrubs giving year round interest; a walled garden and small arboretum.
Directions: Follow A272 West from Petersfield until you reach Bramdean, continue past Pub and House is on the right opposite sign for church (on left). 45min.
|Durrance Manor, Smithers Hill Lane, Shipley, RH13 8PE
A 2 acre garden surrounding a Medieval Hall (not open) enjoys uninterrupted veiws over ha-ha to the South Downs and Chanctonbury Ring. There are Japanese inspired gardens, a large pond, wild flower meadow and Orchard, colourful long borders and vegetable garden. A Monet style bridge and water lilies should be in place!
Follow A272 East from Petworth through Billingshurst & Coolham towards A24; turn right down Smithers Hill Lane (signed for Countryman PH). The Manor is on the left just after 1st turning on the left. About 45 min drive.
|The Coach House, The Green, Chiddingfold, GU8 4TU
Garden designer's garden comprising 1 acre walled garden and additional courtyards - all created since 2013. Lawns divided by trees and borders filled with perennials, shrubs and roses, wildflower meadow; rose, white and kitchen gardens all provide varied interest.
Bear right past Crown Inn and park around the village green or along Pickhurst Rd.
|Stuart Cottage, Ripley Rd, East Clandon GU4 7SF
This much visited ½ acre garden seems to please many, being planted to offer floral continuity through the seasons. In June roses combined with the sound of water, in July, flower beds are floriferous with soft coordinated colours and scented plants, in August, vibrant colours will lift the spirits.
Situated 4m East of Guildford off A246; from A3 through Ripley etc.
|Fairbank, Old Odiham Rd, Alton GU34 4BU
The planting in this large garden reflects our interest in trees, shrubs and fruit. A wide variety of herbacious plants provide colour and are placed in sweeping mixed borders that carry the eye down the long garden to the orchard and beyond.
Directions: Grayshott, Headley, Bordon right towards Farnham then left at lights to Alton on B004; through Alton then right on Old Odiham Rd - garden on the right (40 min).
|Sir Harold Hilliers Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, SO51 0QA
Summer Highlights - Iconic Centenary Border, the longest double herbaceous border in the UK. A kaleidoscope of colour, simply stunning from May through to October. Also enjoy the tranquillity of the pond, banked by lush foliage and Giant Gunnera. We also have a 90 minutes guided tour booked for 2.30.
Directions: Down M3 from Winchester exit J11 and follow signs to Hursley & Ampfield, there will be signs. Driving time 1.15 hours.
|Sedgwick Park House, Sedgwick Park, Horsham RH13 6QQ
Formal gardens by Harold Peto featuring 20 interlinking ponds, impressive water garden known as The White Sea, well stocked herbaceous borders set in the grounds of Grade II listed Ernest George Mansion.One of the finest views of the South Downs.
Directions: Petworth Rd out of Haslemere, left onto B2131 (Shillinglee Rd); Continue towards Loxwood turn right onto B2133; join A272 through Billingshurst; turn left at A24, shortly turning right onto Copsale (Bar Lane) shortly turn right into Sedgwick Lane (50min).
|Copyhold Hollow, Coyphold Lane, Borde Hill, Haywards Heath
Cottage garden in a hollow, with woodland garden above. Spring fed pond with dam and waterfall edged with damp loving perennials including species primulas. The oak stumpery gives way to a rock garden on the way to the crow's nest!
Directions: Take B2131 towards Petworth, turn right then left towards Shillinglee, follow though to Loxwood Rd turn right onto B2133 towards Billingshurst, when you reach A272 keep left and follow past Ansty looking for signs to Borde Hill Gardens with B.H. gardens on left turn right 1st right signed Ardingly. Garden ½mile.
|Aldsworth House, Emsworth Common Rd., Aldsworth, PO10 8QT.
Sheets of crocus and daffodils under a 200 yr old plane tree herald spring. This 6 acre garden contains walled and gravel gardens, plus mini arboretums full of a wide variety of unusual trees.
Directions: To Midhurst, turning right onto A272 to Rogate then left through the Hartings onto B2146 past Uppark House and Walderton, when the B2146 turns left continue forward to reach the Emsworth Common Rd, turn right right to Aldsworth.
|West Dean Gardens, PO18 0QZ
Last year West Dean took part in the Snowdrop Festival; where over 500.000 bulbs have been planted in recent years.
Directions: On the A286 midway between Midhurst and Chichester.
|Hinton Ampner (N.T.), Alresford, SO24 0LA.
A 14 acre garden created by Ralph Dutton; manicured lawns, topiary, unusual shrubs, restored walled garden, together with a Dell and a church. The House is open from 11.00; there is a café for light lunch and teas.
Directions: South on A3 to Petersfield, west on A272, crossing A32, about 40 mins from Haslemere.
|Sandhill Farm House, Nyewood Rd, Rogate, GU31 5HU
A guided tour of front and rear gardens; these are broken up into rooms which include ferns, topiary and borders of large leaf, mirror, red and grasses and small kitchen garden, by Rosemary Alexander, principal of The English Garden School.
Directions: Either down the A3 to the B3006 or through Liphook on the B3070 to the middle of Rogate, take the turning south by the church to Nyewood, follow for about a mile over a Bridge. Sandhills is on the right over cattle grid.
Our hostess recommends The White Horse Inn in Rogate for lunch; please mention her name.
|Pratsham Grange, Tanhurst Lane, Holmbury St. Mary, RH5 6LZ
5 acre garden overlooked by Holmbury & Leith Hills, 2 ponds joined by cascading stream, scented roses and blue hydrangea beds.
Directions: A25 either from Guildford or Godalming, head to Dorking, Turn right onto B2126 for 4 miles then turn left into Tanhurst Lane. Note - Sat Nav unreliable!
|Painshill Park, Portsmouth Rd. Cobham KT11 1JE
This is a very large extensive garden with formal gardens, lakes and Grotto.
Directions: A3 East to 1st junction after the M25, right over the A3 to Cobham, follow signs for Painshill Park on the right.
|Saffron Gate, Tickners Heath, Alford, Cranleigh, GU6 8HU
Lots of clematis will be in flower along with the first of the herbaceous planting. An arbour with wisteria, Akebia,vitis, roses, underplanted with geranium gives height and shade. Vegetables hopefully all year round.
Directions: from Chiddingfold to Dunsfold, approaching Dunsfold village look for right hand turn, Alfold Road, follow past 2 R/H turns to garden.
|Hammerwood House, Iping, Midhurst GU29 0PF
Large south facing garden with lots of mature shrubs including camellias, rhododendrons & azaleas. The old yew and beech hedges give a certain amount of formality to this traditional English garden, beautiful views of the South Downs.
Directions: Take A272 West out of Midhurst for 2 miles, turn right at Iping signpost, house is on the left after crossing river down Iping Lane.
|Arborgarth, Bracken Lane, Storrington, Pulborough RH20 3HS
1 acre terraced garden, including spring bulbs, camellias, azaleas & blue bells. Unusual trees, box hedging, stream, pond & waterfall; surrounded by high Yew and Beech hedging.
Directions: take the A283 easterly out of Petworth to Pulborough and Storrington, turn left onto B2139 at roundabout in Storrington, bear right at bend onto Rock Rd, Bracken Lane is shortly on the right, drive is on the right past Bunbury Close.
|Manor of Dean, Tillington, Petworth GU28 9AP
3 acres of traditional English garden with a variety of early flowering bulbs, with grass walks and steps. Walled kitchen garden with fruit, vegetables and cutting flowers; lawns with views of the South Downs.
Directions: take the A285 out of Petworth, turning right onto A272, continue on A272 looking for a crossroads (South Lane/Dean Lane) just past Tillington; turn right onto Dean Lane, the Manor is on the right hand side.
|Group visit to Polesden Lacey (NT), Great Bookham, Nr Dorking, RH5 6BD
Home of the famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville who entertained Royalty and celebrities of her time. Gardens and Coffee shop open at 10.00 and the House at 12.30. Look out for free daily garden tours!
A25 out of Guildford, continue on A246 to Great Bookham turning right at NT sign for House.
|Woodbury Cottage, Colley Lane, Reigate RH2 9JJ.
A stepped cottage garden enhanced by its setting under the North Downs with a colourful diversity of plants incl. perennials, annuals and tender ones. The garden is colour themed and is still rich and vibrant in September.
Garden open 1-5pm.
M25 J8, A217(Reigate), just before level crossing turn R into Somers Rd cont as Manor Rd, at end turn R into Coppice Lane and follow signs to car park.
between Binstead and Kingsley GU35 9PA.
Magnificent setting with panoramic views over fields and forests. 1.5 acres designed by artist owner. The colours are spectacular, striking 'white & black' borders, now with deep red accents; Local crafts and paintings in Old Barn.
Hindhead, Grayshott through to Bordon; turn right at lights, turn left at next lights (A3004) look for right hand turn to Wheatley.
|The Manor House
Upton Gray, Hants RG25 2RD.
A Gertrude Jekyll garden designed in 1908 authentically restored by present owners over the last 30 years.
Head for Alton via the A3 and Selbourne to join the A339 for Basingstoke; at the T junction turn right then left onto the B3349 to South Wanborough; just past the church turn left for Upton Gray. Again at T junction turn left and right, past church to Manor House. The pub in Upton Gray is recommended; it is on the left as you enter the village.
Bedham Lane, Fittleworth, Pulborough RH20 1JH.
3 acre tranquil garden with Rhododendrons, Roses, fountain, mixed borders. Magnificent cedar overlooks wisteria-covered Georgian house (not open) and croquet lawn.
From Petworth take A283 East towards Pulborough, after 3 miles take left turn into lane signed Bedham for 200 yards. Meet in parking area.
Wonersh Common Rd, Wonersh GU5 OPR.
One acre year round enthusiast's atmospheric garden, divided into rooms. Herbaceous borders, white garden, specimen trees and shrubs, includes water features and herb parterre.
Head through Godalming to the Guildford Rd; at roundabout turn right to Shalford, left to roundabout then right to Wonersh on B2128. Just after Waverley sign and before village, garden is on the right.
|Parham House & Gardens
Nr Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 4HS.
This beautiful Elizabethan house with award winning gardens is idyllically situated in an ancient deer park under the South Downs. Enjoy the collection of painting, furniture and needlework in panelled rooms including Long Gallery. Light lunches and cream teas served in 16th century kitchen from 12.00;
|Crookley Pool, Blendworth Lane, Horndean PO8 OAB.
Here the plants decide where to grow, so not a garden for the neat and tidy minded, although this is a plantsman's garden full of unusual plants. Bantams stroll throughout.
Directions: Not easy! NGS - Take A3 past Petersfield to the A3/M3 junction and take the left Horndean Rd. at crossroads turn left into Blendworth Lane. Entrance to garden is 200 yards before Church on left with white railings.
|The Old Farmhouse, Hermonger Lane, Rudgwick RH12 3AL
1 acre traditional garden set about C16 Grade II listed Farmhouse. Including knot & rose gardens, espalier avenue of fruit trees; water features and walks - fine views.
Directions: Not easy! NGS - South of Cranleigh on B2128, at Cox Green turn East into Hermonger Lane, ½ mile parking signed; my choice - Plaistow L to Loxwood R to Bucks Green & A281; R then L onto B2128 thence to Cox Green.
|Hill House, Old Alresford, SO24 9DY
Traditional 2-acre garden, large croquet lawn framing the huge multi-coloured herbaceous border. Sunken garden in lavender shades; prolific old-fashioned kitchen garden with hens & bantams.
Directions: From the centre of Alresford take B3046 towards Basingstoke (1 mile), turn right by Church; either by the A31 or the A272 as for February visit to Itchen Abbas.
|Hambledon House, Hambledon
2 acre partly walled garden for all seasons, large border with wide variety of unusual shrubs and perennials. Hidden secluded areas reveal surprise views of garden; exciting new planting started in 2011. Exhibition of Watercolours.
Directions: Down A3 past Petersfield and take lefthand turn to Chalton, keeping left and go over A3 and follow signs to Hambledon village centre, driveway leading to house in East Street (do not go up Speltham Hill even if directed by satnav!).
Postcode PO7 4RU
|Crosswater Farm, Crosswater Lane, Churt
Idyllic 6 acre woodland garden, Plantsman's collection of rhododendrons & azaleas. Everything from alpine dwarfs to architectural large-leafed trees. Ponds, stream and companion planting incl. sorbus, magnolias and Japanese acers.
Directions: Take A287 Farnham Road, through the village of Churt, at lefthand bend turn right into Jumps Rd, after ¼ mile, turn left into Crosswater Lane and follow signs to Millais Nurseries. Postcode GU10 2JN
|Caxton House, 67 West Street, Reigate
Lovely large spring garden with wildlife wood, 2 well-stocked ponds, large collection of hellebores and spring flowers, plus a new bed with wild daffodils. Interesting plants in conservatory, Gothic folly and Antique dog cart.
Directions: Take A25 through Dorking to Reigate, Caxton House is on the right just short of the town (about ¼ mile). Postcode RH2 9DA.
|Beechenwood Farm, Hillside, Odiham
2 acre garden in many parts, drifts of spring bulbs, fritillary and cowslips. Walled herb garden with pool and exuberant planting. Greenhouse and vegetable gardens. Rock garden extending to grasses, ferns and bamboos.
Directions: Take A287 north of Farnham to Odiham, from Odiham High Street turn south into King Street. Turn left after cricket green for Hillside, take 2nd right after 1½ miles, Beechenwood is modern house in ½ mile. Postcode RG29 1JA.
|The Down House, Itchen Abbas
3 acre garden developed by owners since 2001; laid out in rooms overlooking the Itchen Valley with walks through large meadow to the river. Carpet of snowdrops and crocus, plus borders of coloured stems in winter; with a working vineyard and potager. and tea and cake in their tearoom. www.thedownhouse.co.uk).
Directions: take the A31 towards Winchester then right onto the B3047, the house is about 400 yards past the Trout Pub - there will be a sign on the verge for us. Postcode SO21 1AX.
|The Old Vicarage, The Street, Washington, RH20 4AS
3.5 acre garden, set around 1832 Regency-style house (not open). Front is formal laid out with Topiary, a large lawn and mixed border. The rear some mature trees, dating back to C19, herbaceous border, large pond and stunning views of South Downs.
Directions: Head for Storrington on A283, through village to roundabout at A24, straight across, after 500yds turn right into Washington, pass Frankland Arms, take right to St Mary's Church.
|Bardsley, 11 Derby Road, Haslemere, GU27 1BS
A 2 acre garden in the heart of Haslemere. Fragrant herb and rose parterres, herbaceous borders, raised vegetable beds and fruit cages. In the lower garden natural ponds with ducks, flower beds and lots more.
|Lady Acre, Headley Road, Grayshott, GU26 6DP
A 1.5 acre true planters garden with large pond, island herbaceous beds formal rose garden, woodland and other items of interest.
Directions: The house is through the village, on the left about 2 hundred yards before the sharp righthand bend and the left turn to Waggoners Wells, but not down Ladygate Drive.