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Horkesley Hall

Colchester

8 acres in a magical setting - a romantic garden surrounding classical house in mature parkland setting. 2 lakes. Unusual, ancient and enormous trees. Largest ginkgo tree outside Kew. Walled garden, snowdrops, wild flower garden, blossom, spring bulbs, roses, hydrangeas. Formal terrace overlooking sweeping lawns to woodland. A timeless, family garden with recent and ongoing improvements. A developing lakeside Jungle Walk, appeal for all ages. Very well-stocked plant stall and home-made cakes, teas, meringues and ice creams.
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    A romantic family garden full of atmosphere and secret places. There have been several improvements and additions during the last 2 years, with more underway.

    2018 was first year that we have opened for a Winter Walk of Snowdrops, corms and bulbs, and was a great success - we offer this again on 24th February. In 2019 we are introducing an early evening February WALK BY MOONLIGHT (Tuesday 19th February) when the full moon and fairy lights will enable you to take a walk round the snowdrops (and perhaps even spot fairies, which several children report having seen...). Appropriate refreshments will be available.

    We continue to develop a Jungle Walk round the Lower Lake - this is at its most 'jungley' in May and June, but is lovely throughout the year and improving all the time.

    Spring blossom (including an avenue of ornamental pear) bluebells with cow parsley running through small woodland areas, and stunning barks with vast and ancient Acacia, leaning Oak and London Planes. A charming enclosed swimming pool garden and long-established bay and yew. A Royal Bed, and a Cottage Garden.

    Large Victorian glasshouse in walled garden, many scented plants and established climbers throughout the garden, including 30 or so varieties of roses, plus clematis, wisteria and hydrangea, a young Magnolia walk, many varieties of Acer and Eucalyptus.

    There is also a Bee Garden - a bank of wild flowers which peaks for our September opening, when exotic plants and Dahlias supplement the plants which shone in June.

    Ponies, hens, trampoline (all at your own risk!) hiding places and a children's playhouse - a popular garden with children, tree lovers and romantics!

Features and Attractions

Stunning natural setting, jungle walk, wild flower garden, living willow, charming enclosed swimming pool garden where you can relax with teas. Traditional stable yard. Vast, unusual and ancient trees, topiary. Snowdrops, hydrangeas, roses, exotics, dahlias! A very well-stocked Plant Stall. Please bring a torch to the evening opening.

Press and Media Coverage

Featured on Essex Radio Treasure Hunt in February 2018, The English Garden 2016 and several more.

Horkesley Hall- Canceled

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On this day, this garden is open by arrangement, which means that you will have to contact the owner to arrange visits for groups.

Pre-booking essential, please go to our events page to book your tickets.

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  • Regular opening
  • Open by arrangement only
  • Cancelled opening
Owner Information

Mr & Mrs Johnny Eddis
078085 99290
pollyeddis@hotmail.com
http://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/10354093

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How to find us

Horkesley Hall
Little Horkesley
Colchester
Essex
CO6 4DB

6m N of Colchester City Centre.
  • More detailed directions
    2m W of A134, 10 minutes from the A12. At the grass triangle with tree in middle, turn into Little Horkesley Church car park to the very far end - access is via low double black gates at the far end.
Accessibility information

Limited wheelchair access to some areas, gravel paths and slopes but easy access to tea area with lovely views over lake and garden.

More about Horkesley Hall

A romantic family garden full of atmosphere and secret places. There have been several improvements and additions during the last 2 years, with more underway.

2018 was first year that we have opened for a Winter Walk of Snowdrops, corms and bulbs, and was a great success - we offer this again on 24th February. In 2019 we are introducing an early evening February WALK BY MOONLIGHT (Tuesday 19th February) when the full moon and fairy lights will enable you to take a walk round the snowdrops (and perhaps even spot fairies, which several children report having seen...). Appropriate refreshments will be available.

We continue to develop a Jungle Walk round the Lower Lake - this is at its most 'jungley' in May and June, but is lovely throughout the year and improving all the time.

Spring blossom (including an avenue of ornamental pear) bluebells with cow parsley running through small woodland areas, and stunning barks with vast and ancient Acacia, leaning Oak and London Planes. A charming enclosed swimming pool garden and long-established bay and yew. A Royal Bed, and a Cottage Garden.

Large Victorian glasshouse in walled garden, many scented plants and established climbers throughout the garden, including 30 or so varieties of roses, plus clematis, wisteria and hydrangea, a young Magnolia walk, many varieties of Acer and Eucalyptus.

There is also a Bee Garden - a bank of wild flowers which peaks for our September opening, when exotic plants and Dahlias supplement the plants which shone in June.

Ponies, hens, trampoline (all at your own risk!) hiding places and a children's playhouse - a popular garden with children, tree lovers and romantics!

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