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Notice: The Wisteria and irises on the croquet lawn are particularly good, the June borders are full of flowers and there is lots of colour all around the garden, including the handkerchief trees in the top garden and pinetum. Last updated Tues 18 June.
Outstanding 20th-century garden, set around a romantic house and ruins, in beautiful woodland
Set in the High Weald with splendid views, the garden is a series of experimental designs with spectacular planting and beauty all year. Both a horticulturalist's dream and a peaceful country garden, it is easy to lose yourself in its intimate and surprising corners.
The house, transformed into a Gothic mansion in the 1920s, burnt down shortly after, leaving romantic ruins. The remaining rooms are unexpectedly charming, filled with flowers from the garden as Anne Messel, Countess of Rosse had them.
Ancient woods beyond the garden dip into the valley, with walks among avenues, wild flowers, the lake and cascades.
Spring family fun
Plant your own 'Octavia Hill' geranium and nurture it at home, £1 per plant. Bring it back in summer to enter our flower competition
- Take our half-term explorer trail: 25 May - 2 June, £2
- Take our geocaching trails in the garden or woods - borrow our GPS devices
- Pick up a kid's map to find the best play areas in the garden