Houghton Lodge & Gardens (HDYGG 123)

Houghton Lodge & Gardens

Houghton Lodge & Gardens

At a recent visit to Hiller Gardens I spied a sign for Houghton Lodge & Gardens, I over-excitedly took a snap of it on my iPhone and made a mental note to find out more when I got home. True to my word I did and was thrilled to find that indeed there was new gardens to discover. Yesterday afternoon I took a break from painting the garage (oh my rock and roll lifestyle) and popped along for a look about. What a treat awaited me!

Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden

Friendly staff in the tea rooms explained that visitors can just wander anywhere, back a couple of  areas marked 'Private'. With 15 acres of gardens and water meadows set alongside the River Test along with alpacas. I was surprised at just how much colour is still out there to be found, I've been so distracted with Autumn leaves that I'd forgotten the pinks, oranges, yellow and purples that are still out.

The sun was in the super-bright-I-am-going-to-glare-so-every-photo-you-take-looks-over-exsposed-and-horrid phase, but I'll return soon to get some better shots. 

Houghton Lodge and Gardens, Orchid House

Houghton Lodge and Gardens, Orchid House

Houghton Lodge has been described by recent visitors as ‘the jewel of the Test Valley’, and ‘A Stately Pleasure-Dome on the most romantic river in England’. It has been the home of the Busk family for more than a century, and still is. It provides a perfect setting for corporate entertaining and romantic weddings. Some people visit Houghton for its architecture, some for its literary connections and some for its gardens; but everyone leaves with a sense of its ageless tranquillity and special magic. Little wonder that Houghton was placed second in Country Life’s search for ‘England’s Favourite Country House.’
— houghtonlodge.co.uk
Terracotta pots

Terracotta pots

Kiwi fruit growing

Kiwi fruit growing

White rose

White rose

Autumnal apples

Autumnal apples

Windfall apples - help yourself

Windfall apples - help yourself

Walled garden

Walled garden

Dahlias

Dahlias

Lovers Nook

Lovers Nook

Houghton Lodge & Gardens

Houghton Lodge & Gardens

Houghton Lodge & Gardens

Houghton Lodge & Gardens

Houghton Lodge & Gardens

Houghton Lodge & Gardens

Pink and white

Pink and white

I'll write a proper post about the lodge and gardens soon, the building itself is magnificent. Totally the sort of place I day dreamed about living in as a child... two words for you - CHIMNEY POTS!

Houghton Lodge & Gardens

Houghton Lodge & Gardens

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Handy info

Houghton Lodge & Gardens website

Opening hours
September 2015, daily 10:00am – 5:00pm
October 2015, daily 11:00am – 4:00pm

Admission Prices
Adults –  £6.50
Children – 3 years plus £3.00
Children – under the age of 3 – free