Houghton Lodge is one of the finest and earliest surviving example of a Cottage Ornée – a genre of ‘picturesque’ Gothic architecture that flourished for about 25 years from 1790. Houghton was thought to be designed in 1793 by John Plaw – one of the pioneers of the style – and was probably intended as a fishing lodge. Some fishing lodge! Today the house is Grade II* listed and regularly attracts visits from students of architecture and has become one of the must see houses to visit Hampshire has to offer. With extensive fine trees and lawns sweeping down to the banks of the River Test, it is arguably one of the most beautiful privately owned historic houses and gardens in Hampshire.
Visiting the house
A few times a year the house is opened to visitors. You will be guided by a member of the owner’s family, learn a little of the history of this unique historic house. We try to make the tours interesting and amusing to bring out the personality of this family home. You will learn about cottage Ornée, see the beauty of the exquisite rooms, and listen to the stories and history that have been part of this house since it was built in 1793.
Individuals wishing to view the house should book onto one of our open group tours using the form below. It is £16 for the guided tour of the house, and to walk round the gardens at leisure.