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Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens


"We will restore the lakes and gardens to their former glory and establish beautiful tea rooms, dining facilities and a major local attraction for families, wedding groups and others."



Looking for an enchanted and wondrous place to visit in West Sussex? Satisfy your heart with the lavish scenes and beauty of the Leonardslee House & Gardens. This Sussex attraction was built in 1801 with breathtaking views of the English countryside and blooming displays of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, Magnolias and Bluebells. A 19th-century Italianate style house is featured on the 200 acre estate, which also includes a series of seven man-made ponds, two alpine glasshouses and an impressive rock garden which was built 1890 by the well-known Victorian landscaping company James Pulham and Son. The reopening of the Leonardslee Gardens has been confirmed for January 2019. Follow us for more news and updates


The Garden


England’s ‘finest woodland gardens’: in the Spring a kaleidoscope of colour sweeps through the gardens, listed as Grade I in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. The estate is set in a steep-sided valley, with seven lakes and a unique combination of woodland forest, rock garden and parkland, with a rare colony of wallabies and a number of deer species that roam throughout the estate.

The rich flora in the garden was planted by Sir Edmund Loder, a pioneering Victorian collector. The plantation included a unique collection of Rhododendrons and Azaleas and many species of trees giving the garden its renowned reputation.