Houghton Lodge Gardens opening
From Wednesday 8th July, one of Hampshire’s hidden gems will be opening its gates to welcome the public once again. Visitors to Houghton Lodge Gardens near Stockbridge, will be able to explore and enjoy the Grade II* Gardens of this charming 18th Century Cottage Orné.
The season was due to start on the 1st April and although visitors have missed the impressive flowering of the bulbs and peonies, the gardens are displaying outstanding beauty full of color and interest, butterflies and bees. The stunning rose arch is in full bloom!
The Gardens and Honesty Tearoom will be open Wednesday – Sunday 11.00am-4.30pm after being awarded the ‘We’re good to go’ status by Visit England which is an industry standard and consumer mark to reassure customers that the attraction adheres to Government and public health guidance.
Entry to the Garden is by pre-booked advance ticket, with a restriction on daily numbers to ensure the health and safety of both staff and visitors. To aid with social distancing, visitors will need to pre book an entry slot. There will be no entry to the garden without a pre booked ticket.
The Honesty Tea Room will be open for people who wish to take refreshments, without access to the garden. They will be offering freshly baked bread, pastries, cakes and light lunch options.
Houghton Lodge Gardens and the Honesty Tearoom have implemented a number of steps to ensure the government guidelines and advice can be followed. These include increased car parking areas, hand sanitizing stations, social distancing markers at the entrance to the site and toilet and a one-way system round the walled garden and peacock garden. Where possible, paths have been widened and tables, chairs and benches have been spaced out. The Summer House, Conservatory and Grotto will remain closed to the public, but the use of these can be booked for private ‘bubble parties’ to allow friends and families to reunite in beautiful surroundings in the evenings when the gardens are closed.
Sophie Busk, owner at Houghton Lodge Gardens said “We have taken our time to try and ensure that our gardens and grounds are safe for everyone who visits and who works here. The gardens are looking amazing and we can’t wait to share them with you. Everyone has worked so hard to keep them looking lovely during lockdown. Our pear tree was awarded Champion Tree status by the Tree Register last year but no one has been able to come and see it! We look forward to welcoming you back and sharing the gardens with you again.”
A full statement of steps being taken to ensure safety of visitors is available at Link: https://houghtonlodge.co.uk/covid-terms-and-conditions/