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20 Surrey gardens to visit: Vale End to Wotton House

PUBLISHED: 12:58 12 May 2011 | UPDATED: 15:12 20 February 2013

Wintershall Manor, Bramley

Wintershall Manor, Bramley

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


Vale End

A mill pond backed by woodland is the enviable setting for a one-acre walled garden distinguished by the number and variety of the plants packed in by its extremely knowledgeable owner, with cool and hot, dry areas expanding the range still further. Laid out in terraces, the fruit, vegetable and herb garden on the topmost level is eye to eye with the roof of the house.

  • Vale End, Chilworth Road, Albury, SurreyGU5 9BE; 01483 202594. Open for the NGS and by appointment.


There is an Elizabethan and a Jekyllian link here too: the house was built in 1542, while Gertrude designed the lushly planted woodland water garden in 1911. Everywhere variety is packed in: a 'crinkle-crankle' wall supports fruit trees, mixed herbaceous borders coexist with edible produce in the vegetable garden and island beds are to be discovered in the orchard.

  • Vann, Hambledon, Godalming, SurreyGU8 4EF; 01428 683413. Open for the NGS on and by appointment.

Winkworth Arboretum

Dr Wilfrid Fox was the passionate spirit behind the 110 acres of wooded hillside that he started planting in 1937. Although famous for its autumn colours, carpets of bluebells, an abundance of cherries, magnolias, rhododendrons and azaleas, a fine collection of eucryphias carries the interest through until the acers, liquidambars and nyssas start to blaze.

  • Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, SurreyGU8 4AD; 01483 208477; Open all year

Wintershall Manor

This is another garden blessed with a spectacular view over a valley to distant hills. Quintessentially English in its combination of lawns, terraces, lake, mature trees and mixed borders, the woodland has been given an unusual twist with a trail that passes the 14 Stations of the Cross; two chapels and the Rosary Walk are other Catholic elements.

  • Wintershall Manor, Bramley, SurreyGU5 0LR; 01483 892167. Open for the NGS and by appointment.

Wotton House

The great writer-gardener John Evelyn was intimately associated with Wotton from cradle to grave. In 1643, at the age of 23 and inspired by travels in Italy, he started to refashion the garden for his elder brother, laying out terraces, a fountain, and a dramatic mound rising above a classical temple. Later eye-catchers include Pulhamite grottoes and an Italianate tortoise house.

  • Wotton House, Guildford Road, Dorking RH5 6HS; 01306 730000. Open for the NGS

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