Its not often I visit a gardens and kick myself for not visiting before but that is exactly what happened when we looked round Loseley Park Gardens while visiting for their garden fair. The gardens are simply stunning and since I’ve been on maternity leave I have visited a few recently including Borde Hill Gardens, High Beeches Gardens and West Dean Gardens. Loosely Park is based just outside of Guildford.
As we were there for the garden show we did not look inside the house, although I intend on going back and having a look around. I can imagine it looks fabulous at Christmas time!
The majority of the gardens are walled and you enter them to the side of the house. As you enter you walk past the toilets (essential information if you have a four year old with you like I did) and a tea room. On the day we were visiting the tea room shut earlier than the little tea hut which was located actually in the gardens to the right. We ended up having a coffee and a cake here while I fed under the trees. It was very open, peaceful and serine and I think I would favour it to the tea rooms should we visit again.
There is a path which leads down the middle of the gardens essentially dividing up into different areas. The first part we came upon is a herb garden which had these amazing Holly Hocks in them, a chance to pose with Monkey for a rare photo. He also found some giant flower pots interesting!
Towards the back corner of the herb garden there are some greenhouses and you can pick up some bargain plants for sale here. The day we visited they were not available due to the garden show which was running. There are several places to sit to take in the views. Although with Monkey there is no option for sitting and contemplating life! We had missed the alliums although I can imagine they look stunning when in flower.
From the herb garden we walked all the way along to the end and to the vegetable garden. Monkey is especially fascinated by any fruit and veg at the moment. It left me with a feeling of what a proper vegetable garden should look like. Ours is not a patch on this one and needs a lot of work! If you turn right out of the vegetable garden there is a slope and canal which runs along side. This also provided a bit of entertainment for Monkey. Unfortunately I could not get Kipper’s pram up the slope so do not have any pictures. But don’t panic we were with his grandparents so they kept a close eye on Monkey being that near the water, as I wouldn’t put it past him to jump in!
After exploring we walked back along into the white garden and I was literally blow away by the planting that surrounded the pond and fountain in the centre. Loseley Park is a wedding venue and I cam imagine the beautiful photos you could get here. They have a small marquee set up to one side with some tables and chairs so I am also wondering if you could have canapés there as well. It was home to some huge white hydrangeas, they were bigger than anything I had ever seen.
They also had some very high white towering thistles that the bees loved. I mangled to find a baby one for sale in the garden show, they grow up to 1.8m so I am looking forward to seeing if I can get it to look like the ones at Loseley. Green fingers at the ready!
Our next stop almost completely opposite to the white garden was a ‘hot’ garden, planted up with various herbaceous perennials in a mixture of reds, oranges and yellows with the odd purple salvia thrown in for good measure. In the centre was a little tree which gave the garden structure. I don’t generally plant these colours in my own garden preferring pinks, whites and purples but now I am questioning that decision as it looked so inviting. I would love to achieve the same sort of planting with flowers literally on top of each other but I feel it will take quite some time!
There is also a formal rose garden, however when we visited they were past their best, although I can imagine in June the scent is beautiful.
We probably spent a good hour wandering around bearing in mind we were actually there for something else. I think we probably would have stayed longer if a little person wasn’t loosing interest (bless him). I would definitely recommend a visit if you are local, I will be heading back to see how it changes through the seasons and also to have a peek in the country pile!
Things you need to know:
- Address – Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1HS
- The gardens and house are open Sunday -Thursday (close Friday and Saturday), gardens open 11am -5pm. Guided tours for the house are open 12pm -4pm Monday – Thursday and 1pm – 5pm on Sundays (last tour 45 minutes before closing).
- Children under 5 are free, Adults are £5.50 for the gardens or £10 for the house and gardens, children ages 5-16 are £2.75 for the gardens and £5 for the house and gardens.
- You can find out more on their website
Have you visited any nice gardens recently? I would love to hear about your favourites in the comments below.
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