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Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

The Leonardslee Estate opened for members on 30 March 2019 and is opening for general admissions from 6 April 2019. Closed to the public for nine years and largely neglected, we undertook what is described as the biggest restoration project of its kind.

We are most proud of the results and are delighted to invite you and yours to share in the splendour of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens.


 
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Leonardslee House & Gardens

"We will restore the garden to its former glory and establish beautiful tea rooms, dining facilities and major local attractions for families, local residents and visitors from around the world."

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.

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The Garden

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.