Gardens Opening Date Announced
The Gruffalo Launches at Leonardslee
The date for the opening of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens is confirmed as
Saturday, March 9th (9am - 6pm) - then daily - see Ticket Information
Monday, March 4th: Members Only - Opening 9am - 6pm
We will be delighted to welcome you to the estate from that date, with all sorts of entertainment and surprises over the weekend. We are looking forward to showing you what we have achieved in restoring the gardens, Dolls House Museum and Rock Garden and upgrading of all the facilities, including Leonardslee House.
Review: Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House
Global Gruffalo was launched at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens on January 10th 2019. The international project celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Gruffalo children’s books and also Horsham District resident, and patron of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, Julia Donaldson CBE.
Leonardslee Crime Festival Announced: March 2nd and 3rd March, 2019
It started with a scotch egg. But this was no ordinary creation, it was a pinnacle of savoury deliciousness, made with pulled pork and an egg with a yolk of the most golden splendour from Leonardslee House’s free range coup. Each day Chef Jean Delport collects eggs from the Sussex Red hens and eight other breeds to create succulent dishes and sauces.
Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens: Update
To celebrate the best of crime writing in the South East of England, the Book Lovers' Supper Club has announced the first Leonardslee Crime Festival.
On 2nd and 3rd March 2019 many of the UK's best-known crime writers will visit Leonardslee to entertain, chill and thrill audiences in a series of specially-crafted events.
Tickets start from £35 and are available on the Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens website.
Volunteer to Support the ‘Finest Woodlands Gardens in England’
Described as the biggest restoration project since Heligan, the Leonardslee restoration is led by head gardener Ray Abraham and a team of up to 30 gardeners to clear dead wood, brambles and bracken and restore several miles of pathways to reveal rare Rhododendrons and trees. Many were planted as early as 1801 and require identification.
Gift Vouchers: It must be Christmas
Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens welcomes volunteers to support the opening of the estate in March 2019. This follows 18 months’ extensive restoration of the Grade 1 Listed gardens and on site facilities.
Gardens to Open on March 9th, 2019
We have four types of Vouchers. There are great money-off offers on gifts and refreshments, as well as tickets for one or two people or a family group. They are a popular gift for Birthdays - and of course at Christmas.
Classic Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House
The date of the opening of the 200 acre estate at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens is now confirmed as March 9th 2019. We wanted all the friends of the gardens to know as soon as possible.
Restaurant Interlude Opens
Created by our Executive Chef Jean Delport, this quintessentially English Afternoon Tea is enjoyed in the newly restored Italianate Mansion, dating from 1801, with wonderful views across the gardens and South Downs.
Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens: Planning Permission Granted
Join us at Restaurant Interlude, our new restaurant at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens. It offers a very special dining experience, offering a wonderful tasting menu inspired by the woodland gardens, in the newly restored Mansion House.
Leonardslee Opening - Planning Permission Update
NEWS: We are pleased to announce that Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens has now been granted full planning permission by Horsham District Council. At last.
Garden Update by Ray Abraham, Head Gardener
We strive to keep all our valued Members and very many friends and supporters up to date on what is happening at Leonardslee. So that you know the current situation, in this major project, to get the estate ready for the long-anticipated opening.
We spoke to Head Gardener Ray Abraham to find out what progress his team is making in nursing and nurturing the gardens back into their former outstanding condition:
Meet Adam Streeter (Part 2)
All our Gift Vouchers, whether issued this year or earlier are valid from the planned opening date of January 1st 2019, until December 31st 2019. You can receive a full refund for any vouchers bought at any time up until the opening.
The Australia Garden
Part II of our interview with Adam Streeter, General Manager at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, who talks about how work has progressed. He is the son of owner Penny Streeter OBE.
Pinotage at Leonardslee: a whole new ball game
John Wright, originally from Tasmania, is a journalist with a particular interest in indigenous Australian flora. He writes:-
Visit by Gardening Writer Robin Lane Fox (Part 1)
“Come, taste what you’ve bought here!”
Acclaimed South African wine maker Johann Fourie is confident he will repeat these words in 2023 when the first sparkling wine - made from vines planted at the Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate in West Sussex, England – is released.
Meet Adam Streeter (Part 1)
We were delighted to welcome Robin Lane Fox gardening writer at the Financial Times to visit. “Glorious or garish? The rhododendrons at Leonardslee”.
Sandra Harding Writes In 'Dolls House World'
Meet Adam Streeter, General Manager at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, recalls how the family stumbled upon the property and how work has progressed. He is the son of owner Penny Streeter OBE.
Journalist Sandra Harding recently visited Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens and met with Adam Streeter, the General Manager, organising the restoration of the famous Dolls House Museum. Please see ‘Dolls House World’ for the full story: