Houghton Lodge is a Grade II* listed “Cottage Orné”, surrounded by mature trees and lawns sweeping down to the banks of the famous River Test and is arguably one of the most beautiful privately owned gardens to visit in Hampshire.
The walled garden boasts vast espalier fruit trees enclosed by a historical chalk cob wall. It provides protection to 32 different varieties of apple tree, many of which cannot be bought today. There is a wonderful herb garden with pharmaceutical, medicinal, natural dye, pot pourri and tea beds. The fruit cage is home to both golden and red raspberries. Vegetables grow in raised beds, and you will see wild flowers, sweet peas and dahlias providing a kaleidoscope of summer and autumn colour. Not to be missed is the magnificent espaliered pear tree growing on the eastern wall- which is now over 52’ long!
On leaving this part of the garden the scents and colours of the magnificent 300 foot herbaceous border are an impressive sight indeed. Ambling down to the Test, visitors can engage with our ever-friendly Alpacas, Tom, Dick and Harry. They are quiet fellows enjoying the natural meadow and curiously observing visitors. Feel the coolness from the famous river’s waters meandering its way through the 14 acre estate. On approaching the wooden bridge, visitors need to be wary of our resident topiary dragon who enjoys puffing his welcome.
A gentle walk up to the house gives the visitor a wonderful opportunity to take in and look at the marvellous view. What a sight to behold! Nearby, the woodland walk offers an enchanting mix of the quiet and scents of ancient times. On approaching the house again, the statue of Mercury announces the abundance of Delphiniums in all their spiked glory. Before returning to the walled garden, see the splendour of the semi formal box -hedging that makes up the stunning peacock topiary garden.
- Adults – £6.50
- Children – 3 years plus – £3.00
- Children – under the age of 3 – Free
Dogs are welcome on short leads.