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Houghton Lodge Gardens

Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6LQ

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Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6LQ

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On top of being a simply gorgeous set of stunning horticultural achievements, Houghton Lodge Gardens in Stockbridge, Hampshire, are also very historically important. The gardens, thick with beautiful trees and great sweeps of lawn that roll down to the River Test, bear witness to the new style of more relaxed planting that occurred during the time when simpler cosy country retreats were becoming fashionable by people more used to great draughty country houses. Houghton Lodge is one such cottage orné, as these simpler homes were called, and its accompanying grounds very much reflect the desire to create a garden that feels less formalised (although there are formal gardens here too). After exploring the wild beauty of the Informal Garden, go and see the Traditional Walled Kitchen Garden, whose chalk cob wall is thought to be one of the finest and most complete garden walls still in use for its original purpose today. Look out for the Themed Herb Garden with four different beds including medicinal, tea and pot pourri herbs. Don’t miss the herbaceous borders which burst with bulbs in spring, are a tapestry of colour in summer and are crowded with dahlias in autumn. Other highlights include the Peacock Topiary Garden with the birds cut out of Box and Yew, the snorting Topiary Dragon and lovely walks along the River Test and the stunning orchids in the hydroponic greenhouse. Oh, and there's a lively group of alpacas, Tom, Dick and Harry, to meet too.

Location Inspirations

Houghton Lodge Gardens is part of the following Inspirations based on location:

Hampshire's Best Sights by Ben Ward

"Hampshire is a county known to fly somewhat under the radar. Adjacent to Dorset with its beautiful beaches; and Sussex, which contains one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the whole of the UK in Brighton, some might think that Hampshire has nothing to offer. This article will beg to differ and begin to explore some of the best spots, sights and attractions that are an absolute must for anyone wishing to visit the county."

Information on Houghton Lodge Gardens , Stockbridge

Opening Times: 1 April to 1 October, 10:00-17:00 daily, House by appointment only.
Admission: Adult £6.50, Child (over 3) £3.00, Child (under 3) Free, Group rates available.
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)
Location: One and a half miles south of Stockbridge (A30). Follow the brown tourist signs.
Facilities: Coaches Welcome, Daisy's at Houghton Tea Rooms serving homemade cakes, scones, soups and Afternoon Teas, Guided Tours of House and Gardens for Groups, Guided Tours events thoroughout the year, see website for details, Limited Disabled Access, Parking Availability
Garden Acreage: 10
Parkland / Woodland Acreage: 18
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