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.
More garden ...
Garden in Bloom
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.
Open under the NGS :
New 2021 dates will be posted later.
NGS Admission: Adult £5, Children free
Groups of 20+ also welcome by appointment during February, please contact us for our private opening arrangements
Refreshments : Home-made teas.
Contact: Jackie & Mark Porter
Telephone: 01962 791054
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Location: 6m E of Winchester on B3047; 5th house on the right after the Itchen Abbas village sign
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