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."
Leonardslee House & Gardens 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.
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.