WEDDINGS

A beautiful and romantic setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions overlooking the the River Test.

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FILM

Houghton Lodge has been used as the location for some wonderful television dramas and films.

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PHOTO GALLERY

Browse our selection of images from one of the most picturesque gardens in Hampshire before your visit.

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FAMILY FRIENDLY

Come and meet Houghton Lodge’s friendly Alpacas and find the steaming Topiary Dragon.

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Built sometime before 1799 and probably intended as a fishing lodge, Houghton Lodge is one of the earliest examples of a Cottage Orné or Rural Retreat and one of the most beautiful historic houses in Hampshire.  Whoever designed it appreciated regional buildings, especially the rounded thatched forms and plastered walls of Hampshire valley villages. Both the House and the Gardens are in the rare category, one of only 12 properties in the whole of Hampshire and with being built on a hill overlooking the River Test, a more magical position would be hard to find.
Houghton Lodge and Gardens is a unique Hampshire attraction for all the family. Few private gardens in Hampshire afford the ability to see original trees, shrubs and under planting, typical of a late Eighteenth Century garden that has been planted in the ‘Natural Style’.  Enjoy the delightful Herbaceous Border which is full of colour and discover unusual examples of Topiary Peacocks and a Topiary Dragon!
Take a meandering Woodland Walk to a Grotto or amble aroung the Kitchen Garden and see a fully restored chalk cob Walled Garden.
Visit the Hydroponic Greenhouse - a garden of the future in a garden of the past and the stunning Orchid House which houses many rare varieties.
Fishing on the River Test is available at Houghton Lodge and is one of the beautiful rivers to fish along with plenty of Brown Trout and Grayling.  Day and season rods are available on roughly half a mile of the River Test.