Fittleworth House was built around 1720 from locally quarried stone as a home for the squire of the village. Currently the house (not open) is a full-time home and has been in the same family ownership for over fifty years. Its front is covered in a long-established Wisteria fronted by mixed flower beds. The three-acre garden contains both formal and informal areas with much emphasis on wildlife and habitat creation. Most of the garden sits on a gentle eastward facing slope which is manageable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The croquet lawn in front of the house is bordered on its southern edge by a magnificent Cedar of Lebanon and its northern edge by an imposing Holm Oak, both very tall and grand for their type and both planted around the 1740s. Near the Cedar sits a natural looking stream, built using locally quarried stone and planted with many shade and moisture loving plants. The garden then gently slopes down to the fountain garden with its mixed flower borders, topiary and globe fountain with an established Yew hedge as backdrop. An archway through the hedge then leads to a fully productive half acre walled garden and a romantic apple tunnel. The vegetable beds are used to grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables for the house and staff. The long borders down the middle of the walled garden are planted each year with a mixture of beautiful Dahlias, annuals and vegetables for decorative effect. Just to the side of the walled garden is a smaller walled area where a large glasshouse and the potting sheds can be found. There is also a Spring-garden and wildlife pond, large Rhododendrons and Camellias. The father and son garden team will be on hand to answer any questions.
Every Wed 19 Apr to 10 May (2-5).
June – Wed 7, Wed 14, Wed 21.
July – Wednesday 12, Wed 19 July.
August – Wed 9 Aug (2-5).
Admission £5, children free. Home-made teas. Visit the National Garden Scheme website to book online https://ngs.org.uk or pay on the day.
Visits also by arrangement 19 Apr to 23 Aug for groups of 8 to 40. Weekdays only. Please contact the garden owner to discuss your requirements and arrange a date for a bespoke visit.
Edward & Isabel Braham