Houghton Lodge is one of the finest and earliest surviving examples of a 'Cottage Ornée', a genre of ‘picturesque’ Gothic architecture that flourished for about 25 years from 1790. Houghton Lodge was designed in 1793 by John Plaw, one of the pioneers of the style.
Home to the Busk family for more than 100 years, the Grade II listed house attracts students of charming architecture as well as visitors, for its unique history, literary connections and it's enchanting gardens.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll round the beautiful gardens, there are both formal and informal gardens, a traditional kitchen garden enclosed within chalk cob walls, an orchid house, topiary dragon and peacock garden. You can also visit the Honesty Tearooms for seasonal hot and cold dishes for lunch. Traditional afternoon teas are also available and most allergies are catered for.
The gardens are opened daily including weekends and bank holidays, and a few times a year the house is opened to visitors, with a guided tour hosted by a member of the owner's family. Visits must be booked in advance on one of the open group tours (entrance fee payable, spaces are limited). Group tours can also be booked.
For more information and to book, visit www.houghtonlodge.co.uk
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