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Secret Garden Visit: Rotherfield Park, Hampshire

Enjoy a secluded garden visit with family or friends at this historic Grade II listed Hampshire garden. This visit is part of our Secret Garden Visits fundraiser to raise urgently needed funds to save the Garden Museum from the impact of the coronavirus.

Rotherfield Park is historic country house and estate located in East Tisted, East Hampshire. With a 12 acre garden, including a beautiful and productive one acre walled garden, Rotherfield has plenty of fascinating specimen trees and unique planting, and a homage to an amphitheatre designed by landscape architect Kim Wilkie.

The garden around the house covers about 6 hectares and is listed Grade II by English Heritage. It includes an acre of walled garden, within which the vegetables are planted according to the phases of the moon. There are glass houses, including a dedicated peach and apricot house and a vinery.

This sports some entertaining topiary and a summerhouse where your visiting party may picnic; either to keep out of the sun or, more improbably at the moment, dodge the rain.

In her contribution to Gardens of Inspiration Anna Pavord described the fruit trees trained by former head gardener, the late Ron Nettle, as ‘some of the best trained in the country’. Rotherfield, the home of the Scott family for over 200 years, is just 60 miles from London via A3 or M3.

We are very grateful to Sir James and Lady Scott for opening up the garden at Rotherfield Park for our Secret Garden Visits fundraiser.

Guests will be invited to bring a picnic lunch and wander round the gardens at their leisure. A full address for the garden will be provided to the buyer, along with the contact details of the garden owner so you can arrange parking and timings.

Image: Photos by Martin Kercher, courtesy of Cardiac Rehab Centre Alton’