Houghton Lodge Gardens

Test Valley


Houghton Lodge, North Houghton, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6LQ

Tel: +44 01264 810063

Houghton Lodge


A haven of peace above the tranquil beauty of the River Test. Grade II* Gardens with fine trees surround an enchanting and unique example of an 18th Century “Cottage Orne”. 

It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful houses and gardens in Hampshire. Enjoy both formal and informal gardens including the peaceful Walled Garden with ancient fan-trained fruit trees and a giant espaliered pear tree enclosed by a historical chalk cob wall. You will find a beautiful themed herb garden, rose arbour, peony walk, 300-foot herbaceous border and the semi-formal box-hedging that makes up the Peacock Topiary Garden.

From mown paths enjoy the natural wildlife of the peaceful Test Valley through 15 acres of ancient water meadows. Nearby, the woodland walk offers an enchanting mix of the quiet and scents of ancient times.  

Visit the Orchid House with many rare varieties. The light and airy feel of the Conservatory adjacent to the Orchid House is just a step away for a little peace and quiet.

There are plenty of surprises for children including the Topiary Dragon and Topiary Peacocks, resident Alpacas Tom, Dick and Harry and the riverside summer house with nature pictures, paper and crayons to wile away the time.

Daisy’s of Houghton Tea Rooms offers fresh homemade cakes, bakes, sandwiches, Panini’s, homemade soup, traditional or savoury cream teas and specialist coffees    
Enjoy the exhibition of Art in the Orangery with local professional artists providing a new display of paintings every two months between April and October. It also holds a delightful choice of gifts to take home, designed with a classic gardening theme.

Entrance to the teahouse and Art Exhibition are free.

Houghton Lodge is also a stunning location for weddings, and is one of the most romantic Historic Houses in Hampshire. Licenced for civil ceremonies, with two exquisite rooms in the house plus a choice of five wonderful outside structures including a woodland grotto, a riverside fishing hut and the walled garden Orangery.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£6.50 per ticket
Children 3+£3.00 per ticket



  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Wheelchair user accessible


  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • Food Shop on site
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Cloakroom
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs admitted on a lead
  • Dogs welcome
  • Garden / Grounds for visitors use
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • Marquee Space Available
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Special Opening for Groups by Arrangement
  • Toilets

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits

Leisure Facilities

  • Private fishing rights

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • Free parking
  • On Site Car Parking

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted - by arrangement
  • Special group rates

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome
  • Educational Groups
  • Information Point

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Houghton Lodge is half an hours drive from Salisbury along the A30, and 20 minutes drive from Winchester following the signs to Stockbridge. From Andover: 8 miles, approximately 15 minutes off A3057. From Romsey: 12 miles, approximately 20 minutes off A3057.
From A30 at Stockbridge: We are 5 minutes drive: Follow the signs to Houghton Lodge Gardens.

Public Transport Directions

Bus Services: Wilts & Dorset No. 68, Stage Coach No. 77. Both stop at the gate.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2021/22 - Commended Beautiful South Awards Winners 2021/22 - Commended 2022
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Bronze Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Bronze 2024

Opening Times

Open (1 Mar 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
Monday - Tuesday10:00 - 17:00*
Thursday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Open daily 10am - 5pm except Wednesdays.
Wednesdays and Groups are by appointment only.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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