GROUP: HOUSE AND GARDENS
Pictures of the group on a recent visit (click on a picture for a larger one)
|Weds 14th February||Bramdean House, Bramdean, Alresford, SO24 0JU
5 acre garden, carpets of spring bulbs, especially snow drops. A large collection of plants and shrubs giving year round interest; a walled garden and small arboretum.
|Directions: Follow A272 West from Petersfield until you
reach Bramdean, continue past Pub and House is on the right
opposite sign for church (on left). 45min.
Meet: 2.00. Cost: £10.00 including tea and cake.
|Weds 21st March Note date||Ramster Garden, Chiddingfold GU8 4SN
A stunning mature woodland garden set in 20 acres; spring flowers; may be Embroidery and textile at exhibition?
|Meet: 2.00. Cost: £6.50. Cafe extra.|
|Weds 11th April||Springwood House, 85 Petworth Road, Haslemere GU27 3AX
Wooded walkway with large amount of native bluebells and 24 small wooden bridges following spring-fed stream 3 large ponds with further bridges set in parkland type garden, waterfalls connecting ponds, fish and islands.
|Meet: 2.30. Cost: £8.00 including tea and cake, in advance.|
Other planned visits:- Therapy Garden, Guildford; Durford Mill House, Rogate; Old Rectory, Sullington.
Gardens we have visited
|Durrance Manor, Smithers Hill Lane, Shipley, RH13 8PE
A 2 acre garden surrounding a Medieval Hall (not open) enjoys uninterrupted veiws over ha-ha to the South Downs and Chanctonbury Ring. There are Japanese inspired gardens, a large pond, wild flower meadow and Orchard, colourful long borders and vegetable garden. A Monet style bridge and water lilies should be in place!
Follow A272 East from Petworth through Billingshurst & Coolham towards A24; turn right down Smithers Hill Lane (signed for Countryman PH). The Manor is on the left just after 1st turning on the left. About 45 min drive.
|The Coach House, The Green, Chiddingfold, GU8 4TU
Garden designer's garden comprising 1 acre walled garden and additional courtyards - all created since 2013. Lawns divided by trees and borders filled with perennials, shrubs and roses, wildflower meadow; rose, white and kitchen gardens all provide varied interest.
Bear right past Crown Inn and park around the village green or along Pickhurst Rd.
|Stuart Cottage, Ripley Rd, East Clandon GU4 7SF
This much visited ½ acre garden seems to please many, being planted to offer floral continuity through the seasons. In June roses combined with the sound of water, in July, flower beds are floriferous with soft coordinated colours and scented plants, in August, vibrant colours will lift the spirits.
Situated 4m East of Guildford off A246; from A3 through Ripley etc.
|Fairbank, Old Odiham Rd, Alton GU34 4BU
The planting in this large garden reflects our interest in trees, shrubs and fruit. A wide variety of herbacious plants provide colour and are placed in sweeping mixed borders that carry the eye down the long garden to the orchard and beyond.
Directions: Grayshott, Headley, Bordon right towards Farnham then left at lights to Alton on B004; through Alton then right on Old Odiham Rd - garden on the right (40 min).
|Sir Harold Hilliers Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, SO51 0QA
Summer Highlights - Iconic Centenary Border, the longest double herbaceous border in the UK. A kaleidoscope of colour, simply stunning from May through to October. Also enjoy the tranquillity of the pond, banked by lush foliage and Giant Gunnera. We also have a 90 minutes guided tour booked for 2.30.
Directions: Down M3 from Winchester exit J11 and follow signs to Hursley & Ampfield, there will be signs. Driving time 1.15 hours.
|Sedgwick Park House, Sedgwick Park, Horsham RH13 6QQ
Formal gardens by Harold Peto featuring 20 interlinking ponds, impressive water garden known as The White Sea, well stocked herbaceous borders set in the grounds of Grade II listed Ernest George Mansion.One of the finest views of the South Downs.
Directions: Petworth Rd out of Haslemere, left onto B2131 (Shillinglee Rd); Continue towards Loxwood turn right onto B2133; join A272 through Billingshurst; turn left at A24, shortly turning right onto Copsale (Bar Lane) shortly turn right into Sedgwick Lane (50min).
|Copyhold Hollow, Coyphold Lane, Borde Hill, Haywards Heath
Cottage garden in a hollow, with woodland garden above. Spring fed pond with dam and waterfall edged with damp loving perennials including species primulas. The oak stumpery gives way to a rock garden on the way to the crow's nest!
Directions: Take B2131 towards Petworth, turn right then left towards Shillinglee, follow though to Loxwood Rd turn right onto B2133 towards Billingshurst, when you reach A272 keep left and follow past Ansty looking for signs to Borde Hill Gardens with B.H. gardens on left turn right 1st right signed Ardingly. Garden ½mile.
|Aldsworth House, Emsworth Common Rd., Aldsworth, PO10 8QT.
Sheets of crocus and daffodils under a 200 yr old plane tree herald spring. This 6 acre garden contains walled and gravel gardens, plus mini arboretums full of a wide variety of unusual trees.
Directions: To Midhurst, turning right onto A272 to Rogate then left through the Hartings onto B2146 past Uppark House and Walderton, when the B2146 turns left continue forward to reach the Emsworth Common Rd, turn right right to Aldsworth.
|West Dean Gardens, PO18 0QZ
Last year West Dean took part in the Snowdrop Festival; where over 500.000 bulbs have been planted in recent years.
Directions: On the A286 midway between Midhurst and Chichester.
|Hinton Ampner (N.T.), Alresford, SO24 0LA.
A 14 acre garden created by Ralph Dutton; manicured lawns, topiary, unusual shrubs, restored walled garden, together with a Dell and a church. The House is open from 11.00; there is a café for light lunch and teas.
Directions: South on A3 to Petersfield, west on A272, crossing A32, about 40 mins from Haslemere.
|Sandhill Farm House, Nyewood Rd, Rogate, GU31 5HU
A guided tour of front and rear gardens; these are broken up into rooms which include ferns, topiary and borders of large leaf, mirror, red and grasses and small kitchen garden, by Rosemary Alexander, principal of The English Garden School.
Directions: Either down the A3 to the B3006 or through Liphook on the B3070 to the middle of Rogate, take the turning south by the church to Nyewood, follow for about a mile over a Bridge. Sandhills is on the right over cattle grid.
Our hostess recommends The White Horse Inn in Rogate for lunch; please mention her name.
|Pratsham Grange, Tanhurst Lane, Holmbury St. Mary, RH5 6LZ
5 acre garden overlooked by Holmbury & Leith Hills, 2 ponds joined by cascading stream, scented roses and blue hydrangea beds.
Directions: A25 either from Guildford or Godalming, head to Dorking, Turn right onto B2126 for 4 miles then turn left into Tanhurst Lane. Note - Sat Nav unreliable!
|Painshill Park, Portsmouth Rd. Cobham KT11 1JE
This is a very large extensive garden with formal gardens, lakes and Grotto.
Directions: A3 East to 1st junction after the M25, right over the A3 to Cobham, follow signs for Painshill Park on the right.
|Saffron Gate, Tickners Heath, Alford, Cranleigh, GU6 8HU
Lots of clematis will be in flower along with the first of the herbaceous planting. An arbour with wisteria, Akebia,vitis, roses, underplanted with geranium gives height and shade. Vegetables hopefully all year round.
Directions: from Chiddingfold to Dunsfold, approaching Dunsfold village look for right hand turn, Alfold Road, follow past 2 R/H turns to garden.
|Hammerwood House, Iping, Midhurst GU29 0PF
Large south facing garden with lots of mature shrubs including camellias, rhododendrons & azaleas. The old yew and beech hedges give a certain amount of formality to this traditional English garden, beautiful views of the South Downs.
Directions: Take A272 West out of Midhurst for 2 miles, turn right at Iping signpost, house is on the left after crossing river down Iping Lane.
|Arborgarth, Bracken Lane, Storrington, Pulborough RH20 3HS
1 acre terraced garden, including spring bulbs, camellias, azaleas & blue bells. Unusual trees, box hedging, stream, pond & waterfall; surrounded by high Yew and Beech hedging.
Directions: take the A283 easterly out of Petworth to Pulborough and Storrington, turn left onto B2139 at roundabout in Storrington, bear right at bend onto Rock Rd, Bracken Lane is shortly on the right, drive is on the right past Bunbury Close.
|Manor of Dean, Tillington, Petworth GU28 9AP
3 acres of traditional English garden with a variety of early flowering bulbs, with grass walks and steps. Walled kitchen garden with fruit, vegetables and cutting flowers; lawns with views of the South Downs.
Directions: take the A285 out of Petworth, turning right onto A272, continue on A272 looking for a crossroads (South Lane/Dean Lane) just past Tillington; turn right onto Dean Lane, the Manor is on the right hand side.
|Group visit to Polesden Lacey (NT), Great Bookham, Nr Dorking, RH5 6BD
Home of the famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville who entertained Royalty and celebrities of her time. Gardens and Coffee shop open at 10.00 and the House at 12.30. Look out for free daily garden tours!
A25 out of Guildford, continue on A246 to Great Bookham turning right at NT sign for House.
|Woodbury Cottage, Colley Lane, Reigate RH2 9JJ.
A stepped cottage garden enhanced by its setting under the North Downs with a colourful diversity of plants incl. perennials, annuals and tender ones. The garden is colour themed and is still rich and vibrant in September.
Garden open 1-5pm.
M25 J8, A217(Reigate), just before level crossing turn R into Somers Rd cont as Manor Rd, at end turn R into Coppice Lane and follow signs to car park.
between Binstead and Kingsley GU35 9PA.
Magnificent setting with panoramic views over fields and forests. 1.5 acres designed by artist owner. The colours are spectacular, striking 'white & black' borders, now with deep red accents; Local crafts and paintings in Old Barn.
Hindhead, Grayshott through to Bordon; turn right at lights, turn left at next lights (A3004) look for right hand turn to Wheatley.
|The Manor House
Upton Gray, Hants RG25 2RD.
A Gertrude Jekyll garden designed in 1908 authentically restored by present owners over the last 30 years.
Head for Alton via the A3 and Selbourne to join the A339 for Basingstoke; at the T junction turn right then left onto the B3349 to South Wanborough; just past the church turn left for Upton Gray. Again at T junction turn left and right, past church to Manor House. The pub in Upton Gray is recommended; it is on the left as you enter the village.
Bedham Lane, Fittleworth, Pulborough RH20 1JH.
3 acre tranquil garden with Rhododendrons, Roses, fountain, mixed borders. Magnificent cedar overlooks wisteria-covered Georgian house (not open) and croquet lawn.
From Petworth take A283 East towards Pulborough, after 3 miles take left turn into lane signed Bedham for 200 yards. Meet in parking area.
Wonersh Common Rd, Wonersh GU5 OPR.
One acre year round enthusiast's atmospheric garden, divided into rooms. Herbaceous borders, white garden, specimen trees and shrubs, includes water features and herb parterre.
Head through Godalming to the Guildford Rd; at roundabout turn right to Shalford, left to roundabout then right to Wonersh on B2128. Just after Waverley sign and before village, garden is on the right.
|Parham House & Gardens
Nr Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 4HS.
This beautiful Elizabethan house with award winning gardens is idyllically situated in an ancient deer park under the South Downs. Enjoy the collection of painting, furniture and needlework in panelled rooms including Long Gallery. Light lunches and cream teas served in 16th century kitchen from 12.00;
|Crookley Pool, Blendworth Lane, Horndean PO8 OAB.
Here the plants decide where to grow, so not a garden for the neat and tidy minded, although this is a plantsman's garden full of unusual plants. Bantams stroll throughout.
Directions: Not easy! NGS - Take A3 past Petersfield to the A3/M3 junction and take the left Horndean Rd. at crossroads turn left into Blendworth Lane. Entrance to garden is 200 yards before Church on left with white railings.
|The Old Farmhouse, Hermonger Lane, Rudgwick RH12 3AL
1 acre traditional garden set about C16 Grade II listed Farmhouse. Including knot & rose gardens, espalier avenue of fruit trees; water features and walks - fine views.
Directions: Not easy! NGS - South of Cranleigh on B2128, at Cox Green turn East into Hermonger Lane, ½ mile parking signed; my choice - Plaistow L to Loxwood R to Bucks Green & A281; R then L onto B2128 thence to Cox Green.
|Hill House, Old Alresford, SO24 9DY
Traditional 2-acre garden, large croquet lawn framing the huge multi-coloured herbaceous border. Sunken garden in lavender shades; prolific old-fashioned kitchen garden with hens & bantams.
Directions: From the centre of Alresford take B3046 towards Basingstoke (1 mile), turn right by Church; either by the A31 or the A272 as for February visit to Itchen Abbas.
|Hambledon House, Hambledon
2 acre partly walled garden for all seasons, large border with wide variety of unusual shrubs and perennials. Hidden secluded areas reveal surprise views of garden; exciting new planting started in 2011. Exhibition of Watercolours.
Directions: Down A3 past Petersfield and take lefthand turn to Chalton, keeping left and go over A3 and follow signs to Hambledon village centre, driveway leading to house in East Street (do not go up Speltham Hill even if directed by satnav!).
Postcode PO7 4RU
|Crosswater Farm, Crosswater Lane, Churt
Idyllic 6 acre woodland garden, Plantsman's collection of rhododendrons & azaleas. Everything from alpine dwarfs to architectural large-leafed trees. Ponds, stream and companion planting incl. sorbus, magnolias and Japanese acers.
Directions: Take A287 Farnham Road, through the village of Churt, at lefthand bend turn right into Jumps Rd, after ¼ mile, turn left into Crosswater Lane and follow signs to Millais Nurseries. Postcode GU10 2JN
|Caxton House, 67 West Street, Reigate
Lovely large spring garden with wildlife wood, 2 well-stocked ponds, large collection of hellebores and spring flowers, plus a new bed with wild daffodils. Interesting plants in conservatory, Gothic folly and Antique dog cart. Directions: Take A25 through Dorking to Reigate, Caxton House is on the right just short of the town (about ¼ mile). Postcode RH2 9DA.
|Beechenwood Farm, Hillside, Odiham
2 acre garden in many parts, drifts of spring bulbs, fritillary and cowslips. Walled herb garden with pool and exuberant planting. Greenhouse and vegetable gardens. Rock garden extending to grasses, ferns and bamboos. Directions: Take A287 north of Farnham to Odiham, from Odiham High Street turn south into King Street. Turn left after cricket green for Hillside, take 2nd right after 1½ miles, Beechenwood is modern house in ½ mile. Postcode RG29 1JA.
|The Down House, Itchen Abbas
3 acre garden developed by owners since 2001; laid out in rooms overlooking the Itchen Valley with walks through large meadow to the river. Carpet of snowdrops and crocus, plus borders of coloured stems in winter; with a working vineyard and potager. and tea and cake in their tearoom. www.thedownhouse.co.uk). Directions: take the A31 towards Winchester then right onto the B3047, the house is about 400 yards past the Trout Pub - there will be a sign on the verge for us. Postcode SO21 1AX.
|The Old Vicarage, The Street, Washington, RH20 4AS
3.5 acre garden, set around 1832 Regency-style house (not open). Front is formal laid out with Topiary, a large lawn and mixed border. The rear some mature trees, dating back to C19, herbaceous border, large pond and stunning views of South Downs.
Directions: Head for Storrington on A283, through village to roundabout at A24, straight across, after 500yds turn right into Washington, pass Frankland Arms, take right to St Mary's Church.
|Bardsley, 11 Derby Road, Haslemere, GU27 1BS
A 2 acre garden in the heart of Haslemere. Fragrant herb and rose parterres, herbaceous borders, raised vegetable beds and fruit cages. In the lower garden natural ponds with ducks, flower beds and lots more.
|Lady Acre, Headley Road, Grayshott, GU26 6DP
A 1.5 acre true planters garden with large pond, island herbaceous beds formal rose garden, woodland and other items of interest.
Directions: The house is through the village, on the left about 2 hundred yards before the sharp righthand bend and the left turn to Waggoners Wells, but not down Ladygate Drive.