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Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

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Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is considered to be 'The Finest Woodland Gardens in England'. First planted in 1801, the Grade I Listed gardens on the 240-acre Estate, featuring outstanding scenery and wildlife throughout the year. The gardens are particularly majestic as they bloom in spring, or take on the colours of autumn.

Where is Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens located?

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is located in the heart of West Sussex, in Lower Beeding, near Horsham. The name Leonardslee derives from the lea or valley of St Leonard's Forest, one of the ancient forests of the High Weald.

What style of garden is Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens?

Leonardslee House & Gardens was built in 1801 with breathtaking views of the English countryside. Leonardslee has seven lakes and a unique combination of woodland forest, rock garden and parkland, with a rare colony of wallabies and a number of deer species that roam free throughout the estate.

What can guests enjoy at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens?

For an ideal outing, you can also visit the famous Rock Garden, Doll's House Museum and see the rare colony of wallabies and catch the deer roaming free. Visitors can also explore England's first Pinotage vineyard and enjoy fantastic wine tasting experiences. And after that appreciate dining in style at Michelin star Restaurant Interlude or at Afternoon Tea in the Grade II listed mansion, or appreciate more informal refreshments at other locations on the estate.
 


Wine Tasting Experiences

Enjoy fun wine tasting experiences with award-winning vintages from sister estate, Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in South Africa. These wines can be sampled seven days a week.

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Leonardslee Wallabies

The colony of free-roaming Bennett Wallabies are descendants of the original herd brought here by Sir Edmund Loder in 1889.  You can visit the wallaby enclosure which is specifically for breeding pairs & this year there are two albino joeys & two brown joeys. 

From 12:00 -12:30 daily, you can visit the wallaby enclosure to see the feeding of the wallabies and baby joeys.

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Dolls’ House Museum

This extensive collection depicts the Edwardian estate and neighbouring villages at 1:12 scale, with landscapes and characters acting out day-to-day activities. Exquisite in detail and accuracy, a six-foot-tall person is recreated as six inches in height.

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Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House

Brought to you by Michelin star Chef Jean Delport and his team, Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House is without a doubt the most delicious English tradition.

Afternoon tea is set within the drawing-room of the two-storey Italianate mansion which dates back to 1801 and sits on a natural terrace above the steep west side of a valley. Guests are able to view the kaleidoscope of colour with impressive views over the gardens and South Downs.

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Other Information

Home to Restaurant Interlude a Michelin Star restaurant. This is an extraordinary achievement as the restaurant has only been open for a year and Executive Chef Jean Delport is one of the youngest winners of the award, aged 31. To experience Restaurant Interlude for yourself, you can book for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday weekly. Bookings are online at www.restaurant-interlude.co.uk

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Dog/Pet friendly

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Summary

19th century buildings

Child Friendly

Dog/Pet friendly

Guided tours

Gift shop

Gardens

Free car parking (on site)

Facilities

Catering

Coaches

Disabled Access

Guided Tours

Parking Available

Shop

Food

Restaurant

Tea Room

Picnic area

Extra info

Garden Acreage: 240

Parkland Acreage: 240

Open Times: Open Daily | Peak (1 Apr - 31 Oct) 09:00 - 17:00 | Off Peak (1 Nov - 31 Mar) 09:00 - 16:00 | Closed 25 December

Price Details: Adult 12.50 | Child 4 - 16 £6.50 | Family £34.00

Directions

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Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex, HorshamRH13 6PP, United Kingdom

By Coach: Number 17 runs between Horsham Railway Station & Brighton and stops outside Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens By Train: Nearest Rail Station is Horsham, with trains from London Victoria and Clapham Junction. By Car: - From the M23/A23: Head South on the M23/A23 and take the exit signposted Handcross, follow the B2110 through Lower Beeding, at the end of the road turn left. The entrance is immediately on your left. - From Horsham: Head South out of Horsham and follow the A281 for approximately 10 minutes, the entrance is on your left. - From Cowfold: Head North on the A281 through Crabtree, the entrance is on your right at the top of the hill.

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Love this place .... so tranquil ! We came here for some afternoon R&R, and wandered around the gardens. We had a look at the wallabies, who seemed to be relaxing this time around, so not much action there. We also went down the hill to the lakes and watched some r/c boating. Lovely. Had tea and sc...

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Very nice wooded gardens and lakes. Cafe had vegan and gluten free options. The dolls house exhibition was better than I expected as it wasn't classic dolls houses, rather miniature houses set in the Victorian age.

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Great Day Out We spent five lovely hours at these well restored gardens, using the map provided to make sure we didn't miss anything. We had a few refreshment breaks too in the well stocked Clocktower cafe. We would highly recommend a visit here.

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Wine and cheese experience and ‘dolls house' miniature estate at Leonardslee Gardens Took my dad and husband to the cheese and wine tasting experience today as a treat. Booked the time slot online the day before. Fantastic experience. They had a wonderful time and were very well looked after. I t...

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We went for the afternoon tea at the house but the gardens were beautiful. The afternoon tea was delicious and it's nice that you have a choice between menus. The cakes were beautifully made and absolutely amazing. They give you a box with a small slice of cake in once you have finished so if you ca...

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This is a special place, a beautiful walk through spectacular woodlands down to Crystal clear lakes with so many different colours of green trees and brushes. The dolls houses are very interesting. A very good cafe l had the best brie and bacon toasted sandwich ever.

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Enjoyed a lovely day in this beautiful garden which has been lovingly restored. If visiting its worth knowing it is very hilly but the map, although a bit difficult to follow, does give routes that avoid the steepest paths. The garden is dog friendly with waste bins dotted around and water bowls at...

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We had been looking forward to visiting Leonardslee since we saw an advert in a local magazine. We were not disappointed. The welcome was really nice and the staff very helpful. The gift shop was unlike most others - no kitsch or useless stuff that you find in most places, thankfully - and nicely l...

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We had looked forward to Leonardslee gardens reopening. We were not disappointed. We had visited many times before it was sold off, and loved it. The current owner and her team have achieved a wonderful restoration. Well worth a visit. We saw the ending of the azaleas and rhododendrons still so pret...

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