Henstead Exotic Garden, Henstead, Suffolk
The tropics in Suffolk with 100 palms, 20 bananas, 200 bamboos and 30-foot tiered walk leading to a ‘Thai’ pavilion. Three ponds, streams, 'Lord of the Rings'-style compost toilet, ruined original Victorian walled garden and tea in 'gingerbread' summerhouse with verandah. ‘Jaw-droppingly impressive’ says press. Featured on TV, BBC Gardener's World, National Geographic and in Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, London Metro and Homes & Gardens among others. Awarded first place in Alan Titchmarsh's ITV show 'Britain's Best Back Gardens'.
Tour of the garden led by its creator, Andrew Brogan.
One of the most sensational gardens I have ever visited. Wow! – Alan Titchmarsh.
Directions from Norwich: A146 toward Lowestoft/Beccles. At Beccles roundabout, (Morrisons on corner), do not go into Beccles but rather continue on A146. Turn right at the second roundabout toward industrial area. At next roundabout, after a half a mile, go left. You will go through Hulver village after a short while. On leaving Hulver you are in open countryside and go over brow of hill. On left you will see Henstead church. NB, Garden is not at Henstead Hall which will appear on your right but at a cottage 300 yards on your right. Signs will be outside. Depending on numbers for the tour, parking will either be on driveway or in field opposite. Please look out for signs.
From Ipswich and south: Continue up A12 past turnings for Saxmundham, Walberswick and Southwold. A couple of miles past Southwold turning on the left are public toilets. Turn left 100 yards past these signposted Henstead and other places. Continue on this zig zag road for a couple of miles until you come to a give way sign. You are now in Henstead. Turn right here. NB, Garden is not at Henstead Hall which will appear on your right but at a cottage 300 yards on your right. Signs will be outside. Depending on numbers for the tour, parking will either be on driveway or in field opposite. Please look out for signs.
Tea, coffee, soft drinks, home-made cakes.
Only small dogs on leads. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.