20 Surrey gardens to visit: Loseley Park to Titsey Place

PUBLISHED: 13:38 12 May 2011 | UPDATED: 15:12 20 February 2013

Loseley Park, Compton, Guildford

Loseley Park, Compton, Guildford

The essential guide to garden visiting in the UK, The Good Gardens Guide has been a best-seller for almost 20 years. Here are their picks of Surrey's gardens to visit

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2008

The essential guide to garden visiting in the UK, The Good Gardens Guide has been a best-seller for almost 20 years. Here are their picks of Surrey's gardens to visit


Loseley Park

Stunning parkland, a wildflower meadow and a moated walk create a fine setting for the handsome 1562 house, but the real draw has to be the 2.5-acre walled garden with five gardens based on a Jekyll design. Roses are massed in beds, on walls and on pergolas; herbs are set out in a formal parterre; a fiery fruit and flower garden blazes in high summer. Delightful, and beautifully kept.

  • Loseley Park, Compton, Guildford, SurreyGU3 1HS; 01483 304440. Open for the NGS.

Munstead Wood

Gertrude Jekyll lived in the house designed for her by Lutyens until her death in 1932. Woodland and formal gardens still bear the stamp of her design and planting philosophy, with banks of azaleas, a nut walk, a sunken rockery and a 60m border that she planted according to her pioneering rainbow palette of colours ranging from hot reds to cool pastels.

  • Munstead Wood, Heath Lane, Busbridge, Godalming, SurreyGU7 1UN; 01483 417867. Garden open for the NGS and by appointment.


Another first-class restoration, this time of the 158-acre landscape laid out by the Hon. Charles Hamilton between 1738 and 1773. Parkland, pleasure grounds, lake and river, a series of scintillating follies and an enormous walled garden, which now houses an award-winning collection of 18th-century American plants, add up to an instructive and hugely entertaining, day out.

  • Painshill, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, SurreyKT11 1JE; 01932 868113. Open all year, daily.

Polesden Lacey

Richard Brinsley Sheridan was responsible in 1797 for extending the Long Walk that emphasises the garden's majestic views. Otherwise, the drama is finest Edwardian: handsome trees and shrubs, collections of roses, peonies, lavenders and irises, scented climbers and classical ornaments, all assembled for the delectation of the Hon. Mrs Greville and her high-flying guests.

  • Polesden Lacey, Dorking, SurreyRH5 6BD; 01372 452048 / 458203. Open all year, daily.

Stuart Cottage

The perfect solution for anyone faced with 0.5 dilapidated acres - walls and pergolas for height and division, a formal circular area with colour-themed borders curving round a central fountain, a hot border for late summer interest, a decorative kitchen garden and a small orchard. Secret places and a variety of nooks and crannies give the illusion of much greater size. Clever and creative.

  • Stuart Cottage, Ripley Road, East Clandon, SurreyGU4 7SF; 01483 222689. Open for the NGS.

Titsey Place

This 18-acre estate, nestling in a fold of the North Downs with spectacular long views, has been in the same family for 400 years, and the sense of continuity is a vital part of its charm. Sweeping lawns, magnificent specimen trees, lakes, borders and rose gardens, and a walled garden filled with interesting varieties of vegetables, fruit and flowers - all these are classics of their kind.

  • Titsey Place, Titsey Hill, Oxted, SurreyRH8 0SD; 01273 715362

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