Loseley Park is dominated by the 16th century, grand manor house that has remained almost unchanged in the intervening 500 years.
Still home to the descendants of the original owners, the estate has seen many celebrated guests including Queen Elizabeth 1st who planted a Mulberry tree, the fortunes of which are said to mirror those of the family. (A second has therefore been planted for insurance ! )
The Gardens though are without a doubt the jewel in the crown of Loseley Park and are considered to be amongst the best that England has to offer. A high walled enclosure with 2.5 acres of intense planting features five distinct garden rooms, each planted to a theme.
The Rose Garden is one of the best you'll see featuring over a thousand plants, including many Species, Old Garden and Modern Hybrids. These include beauties like English Rose - 'Gertrude Jekyll', long flowering single - Rosa rugosa 'Robusta', a lovely white hybrid Musk Rose - 'Prosperity', a deep crimson old Garden rose - 'Die Rescht' and a delicate new hybrid 'Rosa Bonica'.
The Flower Garden with its charming gravel pathways and hidden corners, bring colour throughout the year with a multitude of classic, cottage garden, herbaceous plants, both annuals and perennials, mixed with flowering shrubs and small trees.
The White Garden contrasts spectacular, showy blooms and shrub blossom with lush yet subtle mixed foliage plants, all set around an elegant rectangular pool and fountain. The effect is calm and restful as tall Alliums and Foxgloves sway gently over sprays of white Stocks and Alyssum, tumbling towards paths like surf on a sunny summers day.
The Herb Garden has been an important part of life for all the residents and workers at Loseley Park for hundreds of years. Having provided seasonal flavours and important ingredients to the kitchens over the centuries, it still contains a fascinating array of over two hundred herbs - be they culinary, medicinal, household or decorative.
The Organic Vegetable Garden with its unusual varieties and strict organic techniques makes for interesting viewing as the abundant yields swell throughout the seasons, demonstrating just how successful old methods were and still are.
Just outside the walls is a glorious wildflower meadow and the raised 'bund' alongside the moat provides benches to survey the entire gardens and enjoy the results of so many centuries of dedicated work by owners, gardeners and volunteers alike.
Loseley Park features in many garden visit lists, but not always at the top. But we think that Loseley Park, albeit not the largest garden, deserves to be considered amongst England's finest.
Author: Bob Saunders.
The Wisteria Tearoom and Mulberry Tea Lawn offers light lunches including open sandwiches and homemade soups, cream teas and other refreshments. All food is made on the premises from locally sourced supplies including cakes and the renowned Caper & Berry chocolate brownies.
The Wisteria Tea Room is also licensed, offering a variety of wines along with beers from the local Hogs Back brewery and a variety of soft drinks.
The Shop offers an array of classic country products including ceramics, garden and kitchen accessories and gifts.
Accessibility: there are two wheelchairs for visitors use and all pathways are easy navigable by foot or wheels.
By road Loseley Park is situated on the B3000 New Pond Road and the main entrance is in Stakescorner Road, signposted ‘Loseley House’. Please be aware the Sandy Lane route has a sharp hairpin bend not suitable for coaches. If using SATNAV, please enter "Stakescorner Road GU3 1HS" otherwise you will be directed to the wrong part of Loseley Estate.
By rail: The nearest main station is at Guildford around three miles away and a taxi from there will take you direct to Loseley Park. Alternatively the bus station is a short walk and the bus will take you to the end of the Loseley drive – it’s then a pleasant walk of a little over a mile to Loseley House.
By bus: From Guildford Bus Station - numbers 42,44,71,92 and 70