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Overview

The tropics in Suffolk with 100 palms, 20 bananas, 200 bamboos and 30-foot tiered walk leading to a ‘Thai’ pavilion.

Three ponds, streams, giant fantasy compost toilet, Victorian style folly partly made with many glacial age rocks which were found during excavation.

Tea and home made cakes served from our own rustic cafe are ‘Jaw-droppingly impressive’, says press. Featured on TV; BBC Gardener's World, National Geographic and in Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, London Metro and Homes & Gardens. It was Britains Best Garden in ITV's  'Fantasy Garden' programme with Alan Titchmarsh.


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Directions from Norwich: A146 toward Lowestoft/Beccles. At Beccles roundabout, (Morrisons on corner), do not go into Beccles but rather continue on A146. Turn right at the second roundabout toward Indusrial area. At next roundabout, after a half a mile, go left. You will go through Hulver village after a short while. On leaving Hulver you are in open countryside and go over brow of hill. On left you will see Henstead church. NB Garden is not at Henstead Hall, which will appear on your right but at a cottage a further 200 yards past the crossroads on your right. We have a sign on the driveway. Look out for yellow parking signs as depending on numbers, parking is either in field opposite or on driveway itself.

From Ipswich and south: Continue up A12 past turnings for Saxmundham, Walberswick and Southwold. A couple of miles past Southwold turning on the left are public toilets. Turn left 100 yards past these signposted Henstead and other places. Continue on this zig zag road for a couple of miles until you come to a give way sign. You are now in Henstead. Turn right here. NB Garden is not at Henstead Hall, which will appear on your right, but at a cottage 200 yards on your right. We have a sign on the driveway.Look out for yellow parking signs as depending on numbers, parking is either in field opposite or on driveway itself.

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Tour Overview

Go on a guided tour of the garden led by its creator, Andrew Brogan.

Tour duration

2 hours.

Tour prices

£12.00 per person.

Refreshments

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, home-made cakes.

Access notes

Steeply sloped site may be difficult to navigate.

 


Opening
Opening

Visit by Private Tours only.

Find Us
Find us

Directions from Norwich: A146 toward Lowestoft/Beccles. At Beccles roundabout, (Morrisons on corner), do not go into Beccles but rather continue on A146. Turn right at the second roundabout toward Indusrial area. At next roundabout, after a half a mile, go left. You will go through Hulver village after a short while. On leaving Hulver you are in open countryside and go over brow of hill. On left you will see Henstead church. NB Garden is not at Henstead Hall, which will appear on your right but at a cottage a further 200 yards past the crossroads on your right. We have a sign on the driveway. Look out for yellow parking signs as depending on numbers, parking is either in field opposite or on driveway itself.

From Ipswich and south: Continue up A12 past turnings for Saxmundham, Walberswick and Southwold. A couple of miles past Southwold turning on the left are public toilets. Turn left 100 yards past these signposted Henstead and other places. Continue on this zig zag road for a couple of miles until you come to a give way sign. You are now in Henstead. Turn right here. NB Garden is not at Henstead Hall, which will appear on your right, but at a cottage 200 yards on your right. We have a sign on the driveway.Look out for yellow parking signs as depending on numbers, parking is either in field opposite or on driveway itself.

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Henstead Exotic Garden's history and features

"Unlike many gardens that were made years ago say by the Victorians, this garden was made from scratch some 10 years ago. 

The garden is some two acres in size fully landscaped exotic garden. I was lucky to get to know Douglas Farmiloe who owned Henstead Hall. Mr Farmiloe was from a very wealthy family of inherited money and moved up from London in 1959 or so. At one stage the family owned some 1,600 acres in the area at one time. The house, old Victorian walled garden and land fell into disrepair over time as the money ran out. As I got to know him over the years I asked if I could buy some extra land to extend the garden. I managed to buy four extra chunks of land over the years and the garden would go marching on!

The garden had been designed each time as a 'fait accompli', so when a further half acre of nettle-infested land was added there would be a lot of backscratching wondering how this extension was to be added to a finished part of garden. A recent and probable last piece of land had the garden going into part of the 12 acre wood that the garden backs onto and almost up to the untouched for 80 years old Victorian walled garden. The latter is a great backdrop as one stands in the old wood toward the back of my garden amongst some old Oak, Holly and Yew trees some being hundreds of years old."

- Andrew Brogan, creator of Henstead Exotic Garden