Overview

C18 Gothic folly in the centre of a landscaped park designed by Capability Brown. Originally built as a bathhouse for Lord Clanricade, probably to designs by Brown himself, the house sits above a broad terrace with panoramic views up to Old Winchester Hill.

Running beneath the house is a tributary of the river Meon, which originally fed the bathing pool. 

The house has been sensitively restored over several years and now exhibits its original Georgian appearance. Windows, casement shutters, doors and cornicing have all the reinstated, and the rooms, as well as the double-storey hall, have been restored to their earlier height. There is an octagon dining room with Chinese wallpaper, two sitting rooms with 18th century Gothic fireplaces and the original bathing room downstairs, which is now a modern bathroom.

The garden has been extensively replanted with the trees, shrubs, roses and a topiary yew hedge that might have featured in the landscape two centuries ago.

Tour features

Tour includes the Saxon/Norman church and the ruins of St John's House circa 1150.

Directions

Take the A3 out of London and continue past Guildford about 20 miles to the second exit marked Petersfield/Winchester A272. Follow the A272 towards Winchester until you hit the junction with the A32, where you turn left, through West Meon, then Warnford. About half a mile after Warnford there is a turning to the left at a sign marked Pony Club. Turn down lane and about 200 yards on the left there is a closed gate marked The Summer House. Open and shut gate and continue up drive, ignoring large redbrick house ahead of you, and bearing right to the flint house with blue windows.

Price

£20

Refreshments

Tea, coffee and cakes, or wine and canapes depending on the time of the tour.

Access notes

Wheelchair access to the main floor up a slope to the garden door, and no disabled cloakroom.

 


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The Summer House, London and South East

C18 Gothic folly in the centre of a landscaped park designed by Capability Brown. Originally built as a bathhouse for Lord Clanricade, probably to designs by Brown himself, the house sits above a broad terrace with panoramic views up to Old Winchester Hill.

Running beneath the house is a tributary of the river Meon, which originally fed the bathing pool. 

The house has been sensitively restored over several years and now exhibits its original Georgian appearance. Windows, casement shutters, doors and cornicing have all the reinstated, and the rooms, as well as the double-storey hall, have been restored to their earlier height. There is an octagon dining room with Chinese wallpaper, two sitting rooms with 18th century Gothic fireplaces and the original bathing room downstairs, which is now a modern bathroom.

The garden has been extensively replanted with the trees, shrubs, roses and a topiary yew hedge that might have featured in the landscape two centuries ago.