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1 Elia Cottage

A ⅓ acre garden reflecting the seasons. Snowdrops, hellebores and crocus welcome visitors in spring. These are followed in June by clematis and roses. There is a pond, cascade water features, stream with Monet-style bridge. Plenty of seats and two summerhouses. Steep nature of garden and uneven paths means we are sorry no wheelchair access. New ½ acre wildflower meadow opposite.

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1 Elia Cottage
1 Elia Cottage
1 Elia Cottage
1 Elia Cottage
1 Elia Cottage
1 Elia Cottage
1 Elia Cottage
1 Elia Cottage
1 Elia Cottage
1 Elia Cottage
1 Elia Cottage
1 Elia Cottage
1 Elia Cottage
1 Elia Cottage

About 1 Elia Cottage

Snowdrops are always a welcome sight after a cold winter with hellebores and early crocus the perfect neighbours. Close on their heels follow chionodoxas and daffodils with the charming little faces of sweet primroses and violets peeping at you, especially along our primrose path.

There are always a variety of wild flowers such as sweet rocket, campion and cow parsley which compete with cottage garden favourites. In June clematis and roses abound and in our small wild flower meadow moon daises and corn-cockle can be espied.

Please note some paths are narrow and steep and can be slippery if wet. Odd pieces of art can be found here and there and do look out for the fairies at certain times of the year! Normally a garden quiz or fairy trail can also be enjoyed by young and young at heart.

In 2022 we added over half an acre of land opposite which includes a large natural pond and a bench where you can rest a while. We continue to work on this area to make it a haven for wildlife, with snowdrops in early spring, winding paths, island beds and later a wild flower meadow.

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Location details

1 Elia Cottage,
SG12 8TH

Directions to 1 Elia Cottage
Travel down dip towards Much Hadham, at Xroad take R into Nether St. 8m W of Bishop's Stortford on B1004 through Much Hadham at Widford sign turn L. B180 from Stanstead Abbots.

1 Elia Cottage openings

Visit by Arrangement

This garden opens for By Arrangement visits from 23 February to September.

Please contact the garden owner to discuss your requirements and arrange a date for a group or bespoke visit.

Refreshments Light refreshments.
Admission Adult: £5.00
Child: Free


  • Due to the nature of the garden it is very difficult for wheelchair users to access the garden.
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Yes, cashless payment is accepted.

Sorry, there is no available parking for coaches at 1 Elia Cottage at this time.

Sorry, no dogs are allowed in the garden at this time.

Yes, there are various plants offerred for sale at 1 Elia Cottage, please enquire with the owners for more details.

Sorry, 1 Elia Cottage does not yet accommodate wheelchair users.

Yes. 1 Elia Cottage seeks to offer a sustainable refuge for nearby fauna and wildlife. These sanctuaries host diverse habitats supporting indigenous flora and fauna and nurturing local biodiversity.