Houghton Lodge Gardens

England’s best surviving example of a Cottage Orné and the jewel of the Test Valley

Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6LQ

Houghton Lodge Gardens in Hampshire

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Free for members
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Bike storage facilities
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Garden only
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Shop
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Houghton Lodge Gardens have been described by visitors as, ‘the jewel of the Test Valley,’ and, ‘a stately pleasure-dome on the most romantic river in England.’

The Grade II* formal and informal gardens surround the UK’s best surviving example of an eighteenth-century cottage orné, idyllically set above the tranquil waters of the River Test.

The walled garden is home to a heritage orchard enclosed by an historical chalk cobb wall. It provides protection to 32 different varieties of apple trees and recently crowned champion pear for being the widest espaliered pear tree in Britain.  There is a herb garden with medicinal, natural dye, perfumery/pot pourri and herbal tea beds.  You can see traditional vegetable, hosta and iris beds, an impressive collection of Kelways peonies, Bramley apple tunnel, cutting, scented and wildflower beds, orchid house, sweet peas, and stunning rose and clematis arbour.

Outside the walled garden is the magnificent long border which provides a kaleidoscope of colour from summer to the first frosts of autumn.  The new Oriental Garden will open in 2023 to coincide with the 230th anniversary of Houghton Lodge. The new feature will include a cherry orchard, acer walk, Nikko bridge and Torri arch.  Heading across to the water meadows, visitors can engage with our ever-friendly alpacas, and meet the little flock of Hebridean sheep and you may meet our resident topiary dragon who enjoys puffing her welcome!  The serpentine walk offers an enchanting mix of the quiet and scents of ancient times.  Before returning to the walled garden, see the splendour of the semi formal box parterre that makes up the stunning peacock topiary garden.

Opening Times



1 April to 30 September

Mondays to Fridays: 11am to 5pm

Weekends and Bank Holidays: 10am to 5pm


House Tours are available on select weekends, bank holidays and weekdays throughout the season. Please see the website for details.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit the garden for free.
Adults: £10.50
Children 3+: £5.50
Under 3s: free

House access is charged separately.

Group Visits

For groups visiting the house, you will be guided by the owner’s family and learn of the history of this unique historic house and discover why it is one of the “must see” places of interest in Hampshire.

You will be regaled with stories of ancestors interwoven with social and family history, while you enjoy the exquisite woodwork, beautiful furniture and stunning architecture.

For groups visiting the gardens there is also lots to see!

Garden only: for Groups up to 30 £10.50pp, Groups of 31 and over £9.50pp.

House and Garden: for Groups up to 30 £30pp, Groups of 31 and over £27pp.  Group visits must be pre booked.  See website for details.

We offer a range of packages: find out more here.

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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Houghton Lodge down the garden path

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