The Grade II* listed formal and informal gardens surround the UK's best surviving example of an 18th Century Cottage Orné. Explore a traditional Kitchen Garden with a themed herb garden, rose arbour, old apple orchard and espaliers, peony walk, the well border and a wild flower meadow. Enjoy over 15 acres of meadows and walks along the picturesque River Test and meet resident Alpacas followed by refreshments in the tearooms - Honesty at Houghton Lodge Gardens.
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Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.
If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.
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