Walhampton

Glorious walks through large C18 landscape garden surrounding magnificent mansion (not open). Visitors will discover three lakes, serpentine canal, climbable prospect mount, period former banana house and orangery, fascinating shell grotto, plantsman’s glade and Italian terrace by Peto (c1907), drives and colonnade by Mawson (c1914).

Excedrae and sunken garden, rockery, Roman arch, and fountain. Seating, guided tours with garden history.

Sunday 7 May (2.30 - 5.30pm). Admission £5.00, children free. Home-made teas.

This garden also makes a donation to St John's Church, Boldre.

Walhampton School Trust Ltd

Gravel paths, some slopes.

How to find us

Walhampton, Beaulieu Road, Walhampton, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 5ZG

1m E of Lymington. From Lymington follow signs to Beaulieu (B3054) for 1m & turn R into main entrance at 1st school sign 200yds after top of hill.

More about Walhampton

The garden of Walhampton School Trust Ltd owns a very interesting large historic landscape garden with glorious walks. It is situated just E of Lymington. The estate was recorded in Domesday, 1086, and, by the C17, there was a large farmhouse on the site of the present mansion. In the C18 successive owners built and extended a country mansion, and designed and established an English landscape garden with 3 lakes, a prospect mount, serpentine canal, and woodland drives, rides and walks. You can wander round the lakes, enjoy views to the Isle of Wight, and also find the unique Mount, complete with spiral path to the top, in front of which is the serpentine canal. All these features have been restored [with help from the Hampshire Gardens Trust] by David Hill of the school staff.

You see fully grown magnolias and rhododendrons, and other well known trees and shrubs.There is a beautiful Italian terrace and Roman arch, and an early C20 plantsman’s glade, all by Harold Peto [c1907]. There is also an Edwardian terrace and an Italian colonnade each by Thomas Mawson [1914]. Children and adults can enjoy all the features that include a shell grotto, made by the bosun of an early C19 owner, Admiral Sir Harry Burrard-Neale. It is said that the bosun, finding no further purpose in life after he had finished the grotto, drowned himself in the Solent. In order to appreciate the garden more fully, it is recommended that you join one of the garden tours led by David Hill.