Generations of the family have taken advantage of the mild climate and acid soil to create a woodland garden which is of great interest. Sir David and Lady Mary Mansel Lewis (parents of the present owner) restored the Wilderness garden of the original Stradey House. They planted a substantial collection of unusual trees and shrubs, in particular Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias and Magnolias. Paulownia tomentosa, Parrotia persica, Magnolia wilsonii, Cunninghamia lanceolate, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, Eucryphia glutinosa ‘Plena’, E.lucida and Stewartia pseudocamellia are some of the trees that are now well established here.
We welcome private tours of the garden by appointment with tea in the House at end. Small groups/individuals can visit the garden on their own, making use of our free Candide audio tour, although this is strictly by appointment only and is charged at £5 per head. Private Guided tours of the garden are charged at £9 per head (including light refreshments) with a minimum of £150 per tour on weekdays, £180 per tour on weekday evenings, and £200 at weekends (all prices include light refreshments). An hour's tour without refreshments can be negotiated at a lower fee. We can accommodate up to 50 people, but please be advised that only a medium sized coach (seating approx 35 people) can get through the main gates. For further information please email us at [email protected]
April to September on the first and third Sunday (2:30 - 4:30) Additional visits or tours by appointment only - to arrange this please contact Claire on 07773474048 or email [email protected]
Garden audio tours
Listen in on the secrets of selected gardens from their head gardeners. Our audio tours take you through seasonal planting, histories and stories.