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Bramdean, Alresford,
Hampshire, SO24 0JU

01962 771214


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Bramdean House garden is open  on Sunday 14th Feb (2:00 - 4:00) and Sundays

10 April, 12 June, 17 July, 14 August (2:00 - 4:30) 

Visits also by arrangement March to September.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes

Weekdays only, please call.

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:

April, June, July, Sept

To see:

Spring bulbs, kitchen garden,  large collection of sweet peas, mirror image herbaceous borders, unusual plants and bulbs

Admission Prices

By appointment on weekdays.

Adults £7 per head.
NGS Days £5  - children free. No dogs.

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

Teas and plants for sale  only on NGS Days.

Garden Features & Events

Large collection of sweet peas and a paeony walk.   Small arboretum featuring new cherries from Japan with wild flowers, and a boxwood castle.   Home of sunflower 'Giraffe'. Trial of hardy Nerines in conjunction with the RHS.  These  flower in September - please email for appointment to view.

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

The Pink House, Alresford (B & B)
Royal Hotel, Winchester
Wessex Hotel, Winchester


Various good restaurants in Winchester

Inns & Pubs:

Fox Inn, Bramdean Globe on the Lake, Alresford

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Alresford 4 Miles Winchester 9 Miles

Description of Garden

This is a real plantsman s garden, full of interest all year round, and especially from April until October. The fine eighteenth-century red-brick house is protected from the road by a vast undulating cloud hedge of yew and box. Behind the house five acres of garden slope up through the exemplary mirror-image herbaceous borders, planted with over one hundred genera and reaching their peak in June with nepetas, geraniums, tradescantias, Clematis x diversifolia 'Hendersonii' and galegas, followed by yellows and then the russets of late summer. The way forward towards dianthus and roses, leads to the wrought-iron gates of the walled kitchen garden, filled with a well-ordered abundance of fruit and vegetables, a special collection of old-fashioned sweet peas and a mass of herbaceous flowers. Beyond a second wrought-iron gate lies the orchard with its curving tapestry hedge of alternating box and yew, flowering cherries, and fruit trees underplanted with daffodils. Trees on the eastern side include Ginko biloba, Maytenus boaria, Davidia involucrata, magnolias and fine specimens of Staphylea colchica AGM. Spring brings to the garden carpets of aconites, crocuses, snowdrops and other early bulbs, autumn a large collection of tender and hardy nerines.

History Of Garden

Mrs Wakefield's parents purchased the house and the garden in 1944. They have photographic records of the garden in the late 1800's and early 20th century. It has evolved through time and events. The soil is very alkaline (PH8) . It has been featured in many gardening books and articles.