Houghton Lodge Gardens & The Glass House Tea Room

The Glass House Tea Room at Houghton Lodge Gardens. Victoria sponge cake and latte.

About This Attraction

Houghton Lodge Gardens with The Glass House Tea Room, is the ideal place to visit, whether your passion lies with Historic houses or beautiful gardens – or both. One of the most beautiful privately owned homes and gardens in Hampshire. The Grade II* listed formal and informal gardens surround the UK’s best surviving example of an 18th Century Cottage Orné. It is idyllically set above the tranquil waters of the River Test.

The walled garden is home to a heritage orchard enclosed by a historical chalk cob wall. It provides protection to 32 different varieties of the apple tree, and the recently crowned champion pear for being the widest espaliered pear tree in Britain-now 54’ long. There is a wonderful herb garden with medicinal, natural dye, perfumery/potpourri and herbal tea beds. See traditional vegetable beds and a fruit cage with golden and red raspberries which provides a safe haven for the family of Mille Fleur Pekin bantems. You will also see hosta and iris beds, an impressive collection of Kelways peonies, Bramley apple tunnel, cutting, scented and wildflower beds, orchid house, sweet peas, stunning rose and clematis arbour all of which provide a kaleidoscope of colour from summer through to the first frosts of autumn. 

Ambling down to the river, visitors can engage with the ever-friendly alpacas, Tom, Dick, Harry and Herbert and meet the little flock of Hebridean sheep. On approaching the wooden bridge, visitors need to be wary of the resident topiary dragon who enjoys puffing his welcome. Nearby, the serpentine walk offers an enchanting mix of the quiet and scents of ancient times, with breathtaking views over the water meadows. Before returning to the walled garden, see the splendour of the semi-formal box parterre that makes up the stunning peacock topiary garden.

The Glass House Tea Room
Nestled in the picturesque Houghton Lodge Gardens, the The Glass House is a charming tea room and versatile event venue. Indulge in delicious coffee, freshly baked pastries, and a tempting array of breakfast and lunch dishes, all made with the finest ingredients. The Glass House can be visited without entrance to the garden.

Discover a unique selection of locally sourced gifts and products at The Glass House Shop, featuring beautiful blooms from The Lodge Florist, a curated collection of wines from Wine Utopia, everyday essentials and artisan bread from Hoxton Bakehouse, and other delightful treasures.

In addition to hosting a variety of exciting events, The Glass House offers a stunning setting for private gatherings and celebrations.

The Garden is open 10.00am-5.00pm 7 days a week until 31st October 2024. Gates close at 5pm. (closed for the the afternoon of Saturday 31st August for a private event)

The Glass House Tea Room is open 8.30am – 5.00pm, 7 days a week. The tea room can be enjoyed without entrance to the garden.

Garden only:

Adults: £10.48 if booked online in advance, or £11.50 at the gardens
Children over 3: £4.72 if booked online in advance
Children under 3: FREE
Family (x2 adults & x2 children): £27.25 if booked online in advance
Groups: Please do not book group visits of 8 people plus online, please email sophie@houghtonlodge.co.uk who will be only too happy to accommodate your group.

Why should I visit?

    • 14 acres of a variety of picturesque beautiful gardens to explore featuring: Walled Garden, formal and informal gardens, heritage orchard of apples and pears, herb garden, wildflower bed, cutting bed and stunning borders. Plus Britain’s widest espalier Champion pear tree.
    • The Glass House serves delicious cakes and light bites. Plus a picnic if booked in advance – perfect for lunch in a scenic setting of the gardens.
    • Eat on the patio area and take in the stunning views of the walled garden.
    • The gardens are set alongside the stunning River Test with water meadow walks, alpacas and sheep.
    • Visit The Glass House for local produce and beautiful, and unique gifts from local makers.
    • Perfect for the whole family and all ages to enjoy, plus special events throughout the year.


Accommodation available
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Dogs accepted
Free parking on site
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Opera on the Test

2nd Aug 2024 - 2nd Aug 2024

Houghton Lodge Gardens & The Glass House Tea Room

Join us for an exquisite evening of opera on the banks of the River Test this summer at Houghton Lodge Gardens. The incredibly talented Maya... 

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Where to find us


Houghton Lodge Gardens and The Glass House Tea Rooms
SO20 6LQ

Find us online

By Car

Houghton Lodge is in the heart of the Test Valley, only an hour and a half from Central London, a simple and usually fast journey straight down the M3 and the A30. We are five minutes from the local town of Stockbridge. Follow the brown signs to Houghton Lodge Gardens.

By Taxi

Andover – Pikes 01264 334328,

Winchester – Wintax 01962 878727

By train

The nearest railway stations are Winchester (11 miles) or Andover (8 miles). Taxis are available at the stations.

By Bus

You can get to Houghton Lodge Gardens by a limited bus service.  The nearest bus stop is outside the front gate. All buses go from Andover direct to Winchester but then that bus goes to Houghton Lodge. The bus is number 16 and it leaves the Broadway Winchester (where there is the large bronze statue to King Alfred) at 10.00am and 13.20pm. There is no return bus after 4.00pm other than on school days. It is a request stop only.

There is a free community transport bus from Romsey, direct to the car park at Houghton Lodge. For details ring 0330 4004 116.

Kids activities

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  • Meet the resident alpacas, Tom, Dick, Harry and Herbert and the little flock of Hebridean sheep
  • Find the hiding resident puffing topiary dragon!
  • Witness the impressive River Test where swans and fish live
  • See what insects you can find bug hunting
  • Plenty of space for the kids to run around

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