"We will restore the garden to its former glory and establish beautiful tea rooms, dining facilities and major local attraction for families, wedding groups and others."
Leonardslee House & Gardens
Leonardslee House & Gardens was built in 1801 with breathtaking views of the English countryside and blooming displays of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, Magnolias and Bluebells. A 19th-century Italianate style house is featured on the 200 acre estate, which also includes a series of seven man-made ponds, two alpine glasshouses and an impressive rock garden which was built 1890 by the well-known Victorian landscaping company James Pulham and Son.
A kaleidoscope of colour sweeps throughout grounds, listing the garden as Grade I in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. Set in the steep-sided valley; the ponds contain a colony of Carp fish and the combination of parkland, lawn and forest land inhabits a rare colony of wallabies and a number of deer species who wander semi-freely throughout the estate.
The rich flora in the garden was planted by Sir Edmund Loder, a Victorian plant collector. His plantation included a collection of Rhododendrons and Azaleas and many species of trees giving the garden its renowned reputation.