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15 Gade Valley Cottages

Medium sized sloping rural garden. Patio, lawn, borders and pond. Paths lead through a woodland area emerging by wildlife pond and sunny border. A choice of seating offers views across the beautiful Gade Valley or quiet shady contemplation with sounds of rustling bamboos and bubbling water. Many acers, hostas and ferns in shady areas. Hemerocallis, dahlias, iris, Crocosmia and phlox found in sun.

Owner Info

  • Bryan Trueman
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages
15 Gade Valley Cottages

About 15 Gade Valley Cottages

The planting is informal and shows the owner’s particular love of shade loving perennials – many hostas, ferns, ligularias, rodgersias, astrantias, pulmonarias and heucheras. There are also many acers and bamboos.

The garden has seen changes since 2019 due to having to remove a large birch which has made part of the garden much sunnier. Also new paths have been added, the top pond reshaped and the trellis near the house removed to improve vistas. The sunny areas of the garden are planted with asters, dahlias, crocosmia, iris, phlox, hemerocallis and rudbeckia. The garden is planned so that only a third can be seen from the house and the rest reveals itself as you explore many winding paths. There are some unusual shrubs and trees including heptacodium, dipelta and azara.

The pond at the top of the garden is designed to encourage wildlife and has a gentle sloping shallow end to allow access to all creatures. This pond has frogs, toads, newts and a breeding population of goldfish whose numbers are controlled by herons! We have had mallard ducks successfully breeding on the pond for the past five years.

There are seats around the garden, some in shade and some in sunnier positions. The seat at the end of the garden offers lovely views across the beautiful Gade valley and a porthole in the hedge offers a peek into the arable fields behind.

Location details

15 Gade Valley Cottages,
Hemel Hempstead,
Hertfordshire,
HP1 3BW

Directions to 15 Gade Valley Cottages
Follow B440 N from Hemel Hempstead. Through Water End. Go past turning for Great Gaddesden on L. Park in village hall car park on R. Gade Valley Cottages on R (short walk).

15 Gade Valley Cottages openings

For this open day you can book your tickets in advance. Click on the yellow button below to book or you can just turn up and pay on the day.

Refreshments Home-made teas.
Admission Adult: £5.00
Child: Free
Opening times 13:30-17:00

Accessibility

  • Unsuitable for wheelchairs as garden has steps and sloping gravel paths.
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FAQs

Payment is by cash only. Please get in touch with the owners for more details.

Sorry, there is no available parking for coaches at 15 Gade Valley Cottages at this time.

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

Yes, there are various plants offerred for sale at 15 Gade Valley Cottages, please enquire with the owners for more details.

Sorry, 15 Gade Valley Cottages does not yet accommodate wheelchair users.

Yes. 15 Gade Valley Cottages 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.