- Houghton Lodge |
- Visit |
- Wednesday, 13 June 2012 - 14:00 until 17:00
Join us on a visit to Houghton Lodge, the 18th Century Grade ΙΙ* listed Gothic Cottage Orné, is set in extensive grounds, with fine trees and lawns sweeping down to the banks of the River. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful privately owned houses and gardens in Hampshire. The visit will include a private tour of the house, with an opportunity to explore the gardens.
Houghton Lodge has an importance quite disproportionate to its size, a building of architectural and historic importance. Built sometime before 1799 and probably intended as a fishing lodge, it is one of the earliest examples of a Cottage Orné or Rural Retreat. Whoever designed it appreciated regional buildings, especially the rounded thatched forms and plastered walls of Hampshire valley villages. Built on a hill overlooking the River Test, a more magical position would be hard to find. Both the House and the Garden are in the rare category of Grade II* listed status, one of only 12 properties in the whole of Hampshire.