The Garden Guide

Leonardslee Gardens

A great woodland garden, inspired by the planting ideas of Sir Uvedale Price, Richard Payne Knight and JC Loudon. Exotic plants are used a 'picturesque' manner, derived from landscape painting. Sir Edmund Loder bought the estate in 1889 and imported the herd of Wallabies which still lives here. The Leonardslee Gardens lie in a sheltered valley with a string of ponds, made a century earlier to provide waterpower for the iron industry. Being damp and slightly acid, the soil is well-suited to rhododendrons, camelias and magnolias. Loder gave his name to the famous hybrid Rhododendron 'Loderi'. Like him, one can walk through the garden imagining onself to be in a misty Himalayan valley, for travel and adventure. The gardens closed to the public in 2010 and are set to re-open in 2019.

Wedding venue

Set in the heart of West Sussex, Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens is the perfect location for your special day with its romantic landscapes and a breath-taking 19th-century Mansion.

Our beautiful country estate boasts stunning formal and ornamental gardens, a number of lakes, extensive woodlands, local wildlife, and the odd Wallaby as well. The majestic 19th Century Italianate style house offers the perfect setting for a stylish wedding ceremony and reception or other large celebrations. We have a capacity of 90 guests seated in the Mansion House or 200 guests in our bespoke Marquee alongside the House and 100 guests for a ceremony. In addition, we offer drinks packages to compliment your event which can be designed around your budgets using our own South African estate wines from Benguela Cove.

Head Gardener's Comment

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is described as ‘The Finest Woodland Gardens in England’.

First planted in 1801, the Grade I Listed gardens on the 240-acre estate feature an outstanding scenery throughout the year and particularly majestic as it blooms in spring or takes on the glorious colours of autumn.

For a perfect day out, you can also visit the renowned Rock Garden and Dolls House Museum, see the rare colony of wallabies and catch sight of the deer roaming free; and then enjoy dining in style or taking high tea in the Grade II Listed Mansion, or enjoy more informal refreshments at other locations on the estate.

Photograph © Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Photograph © Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Photograph © Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
Photograph © Charlotte Weychan

Plants of note

The gardens are famed for outstanding displays of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, Magnolias, Bluebells and the beautiful ornamental rock.

Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex, England, RH13 6PP

Open daily Peak (1st April - 31st October) 09:00 – 17:00 Off-Peak (1st November - 31st March) 09:00 - 16:00 Closed 25th December

Ticket Adult £12.50 Concessions (Visitors with a disability) £11.00 Child 5 - 16 £6.50 Family (2 Adults & 3 Children) £34.00 Senior (Visitors aged 60+) £11.00 Student £11.00

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