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Overview

There is an inscription on a stone staircase in Englefield Gardens which reads, “If you help towards Englefield Garden either in flowers or invention you shall be welcome thither”.

This inscription was taken from a letter written in 1601 by Sir Edward Norris, the then occupier of Englefield House, and shows that a garden was managed and cared for on the Estate over 400 years ago.

However, the origins of the gardens as they appear today were created in the late 1860’s with the building of the stone balustrades and staircases by Italian craftsmen.

In 1936 the woodland garden on the hill above the house was created by thinning the forest. At the same time the stream was constructed and the area planted by Wallace & Barr of Tunbridge Wells. Much of the original planting is still in place and this includes varieties of rhododendron, azalea, camellia, magnolia, hamamelis, parrotia, cornus, davidia and acer. The lower terrace was redesigned in 1974 by the redoubtable landscape architect Lanning Roper.

The grotto at the top of the stream is a more recent addition to the gardens and is lined with a mosaic of pine cones. Near the entrance gates is a children's garden with water jets hidden in four small statues as well as slides and swings - great fun for younger visitors.

A walled kitchen garden has recently been restored to produce many varieties of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers (access to the walled kitchen garden is only for groups that book in advance). The gardens themselves are enclosed by our magnificent deer park and provide stunning views over our lake and surrounding countryside beyond.


Opening
Opening

2019

Our gardens are open to visitors every Monday throughout the year:

10.00am – 6.00pm April to October.

10.00am – 4.00pm November to March.

From March to October we are able to accommodate group tours Tuesday to Thursday for a minimum of 20 people.

Find Us
Find us

6 miles west of Reading, off of the A340. 1 mile from the village of Theale.

 

Train to Theale station where you can catch a taxi to the house (approx 5 minutes away).

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Theale taxis 0118 930 2345

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free, gardens only.

Adults: £5.00

Children: Free

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

From March to October we are able to accommodate group tours in the gardens Tuesday to Thursday for a minimum of 20 people. Tours are led by our Head Gardener.

Group tours must be booked in advance.

sarah.mosby@englefield.co.uk or 0118 930 2221


Fun Facts
  • The story of Englefield goes back to 871AD when a battle was fought on the hill above the village, marking an important victory by King Alfred over the Danes. The battlefield was named by the Saxons as ‘Anglefield’ or ‘Field of Angles’ which became Englefield over time.

Walks

See a variety of wonderful things when you walk through the gardens:

Early spring when the witch hazel, Camellias, Daphne bhoula ‘Jacquiline Postil’, snowdrops, aconites and daffodils begin to flower.

March onwards to view the spectacular Rhododendrons in our woodland and the candelabra primula lining the stream edge.

May when our woodlands are blanketed with bluebells and our rare and stunning Azaleas bloom.

From late September when the oaks, maples, Liquidambar and other deciduous trees provide a riot of autumn colour.


The Long Gallery


Weddings

From intimate dinners to spectacular garden marquee events, Englefield House is a unique and prestigious venue which will delight and enchant your guests.

Set in 14,000 acres of beautiful West Berkshire countryside, Englefield House has easy links to London, Reading, Newbury and other parts of the Thames Valley.

Our beautiful state rooms offer complete privacy and exclusivity, making Englefield House a perfect setting for events. Our versatile indoor and outdoor spaces lend themselves to special celebrations.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

From intimate dinners to spectacular garden marquee events, Englefield House is a unique and prestigious venue which will delight and enchant your guests.

Set in 14,000 acres of beautiful West Berkshire countryside, Englefield House has easy links to London, Reading, Newbury and other parts of the Thames Valley.

Our beautiful state rooms offer complete privacy and exclusivity, making Englefield House a perfect setting for private and corporate events alike. Our versatile indoor and outdoor spaces lend themselves to special celebrations, board meetings, seminars, product launches, client dinners, training events and team building days.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Projector and screen