Painshill is England's most elegant 18th-century landscape. Magnificently restored, it features a mix of awesome views, surreal follies, a serpentine lake and historic plantings.
Inspired by Renaissance art and a Grand Tour visit to Italy, the Honourable Charles Hamilton created his ‘garden of moods’ between 1738 and 1773. Painshill is now a wonderland covering 158 acres, featuring a crystal grotto (open at selected times), a romantic ruined abbey, a magical Gothic temple, a Turkish tent and the exotic Gothic tower. The ornamental pleasure grounds, vineyard, plantings and Plant Heritage (NCCPG) National Collection of North American trees and shrubs, offer seasonal interest.