The Down House has a 3-acre garden developed by its owners, Jackie and Mark Porter, since 2001. It is laid out in rooms overlooking Itchen Valley, adjoining the Pilgrim's
Way, with walks through a large meadow to the river.
In winter, see the carpet of snowdrops and crocus, plus borders of coloured stems. Pleached hornbeams, yew-lined avenues, woodland nut and orchard walk.
In summer, the roped rose garden, hot borders, wildlife pond and shady places are wonderful, alongside the working vineyard and potager.
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Garden in Winter
The strongly yellow coloured-willow is Golden Willow ( Salix alba vitellina ) while the tried and tested Scarlet Willow ( Salix alba vitellina 'Britzensis' ) provides a spectacular orange/red glow in the sunshine.
Opening under the NGS
Our garden will be open in 2022 as follows
By arrangement only in February and March for groups of 6+ people, £10pp includes tea & cake and guided tour
Sunday 3rd August 12pm to 5pm
Adults £5, Children free
Contact: Jackie & Mark Porter
Telephone: 01962 791054
Contact us by email
Location: 6m E of Winchester on B3047; 5th house on the right after the Itchen Abbas village sign
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