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Benington, Stevenage,
Hertfordshire, SG2 7BS

01438 869 668

01438 869 622

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Snowdrops: 8th Feb - 2 March daily; 12noon - 4pm
Easter & May BH Suns & Mons 12pm-4pm;
Floral Festival: 28th & 29th June; 12 noon - 5pm
Chilli Festival: 24th & 25th Aug Bank Holiday Sun & Mon.; 10am - 5pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes

20+ pre-booked all year @£5.00pp

Group Appointment: Yes

Coaches & Mini-buses welcome.

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

29th June 12 noon - 5pm

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring & early Summer.

To see:
Admission Prices

Adult £5; Child under 16s £2, under 12s free; Light refreshments available.
Chilli Festival Adult £7.50; Child under 16 £2.50, under 12s free.

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: No
Teas: No
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: No
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: No
Lunches: No
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Catering by arrangement. Disabled access is free but limited because of steep steps and ancient fortifications. On BH weekends teas are available in village hall.

Garden Features & Events

Magnificent folly, ruined Norman castle, old and contemporary sculptures. Fantastic views over water, kitchen garden, roses, herbaceous borders. Children's animal trail, Wildlife and dragonfly pond & fish to feed. Floral Festival: 27th/28th June; 12 - 6pm Chilli Festival: 30th & 31st Aug Bank Holiday; Sun & Mon.; 10am - 5pm

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Rose Cottage, Ardeley

Inns & Pubs:

The Bell, Benington
Jolly Waggoner, Ardeley
George & Dragon, Watton-at-Stone

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Benington Hertford

Description of Garden

Laid out on the site of a Norman castle overlooking Norman fishponds with views over unspoilt countryside. Near the house is a formal garden entered by a Pulham neo-Norman gate house. The old drive to the house cuts across the western outlook and leads to a completely re-designed rock/water garden with a good display of primulas in the spring. It backs onto double herbaceous borders, famous for their atmosphere and individual planting style. A wall backs the borders enclosing a kitchen garden, still productive, with raised individual beds. The garden is also famous for its display of snowdrops.

History Of Garden

Restored by present owner's wife, grandson and grand-daughter-in-law. Previously a private 9-hole golf course, with virtually no garden. It is on the site of a Norman castle and is the only vernacular Norman stonework in Herts.

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