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Southlands Lodge

A surprising garden, on the edge of a woodland, enjoying open views of adjacent fields. Formal and informal areas are scaled to complement a late Georgian gatehouse. Mass planting offsets selected specimens, mostly chosen for their pollen and nectar that helps sustain the resident honey bees. An enclosed vegetable garden with greenhouse, a flock of Shetland sheep and poultry add interest.

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Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge
Southlands Lodge

About Southlands Lodge

The Garden at Southlands Lodge
Designed to enhance and relate to Southlands Lodge, a neo-classical gatehouse, the garden comprises distinct ‘rooms”, defined by hedging, that are accessed both from the house and the garden. Starting at the drive a winding gravel Entrance Walk passes through a grove of silver birches underplanted with geranium and spring bulbs leads to the Front Terrace. Here a cluster of seasonally planted pots add ‘punctuation’. The Entrance Walk planting continues past the front door to the Exotic Corner that features plants chosen for their leaf shape and texture: ferns, a palm, magnolia, bamboo, false casteroil plant thrive. One then has sight of the Formal Front, the now unused main entrance to the Lodge. The formality is expressed in the layout; a regular grid of pencil Cyprus pines, box hedging and a potted camelia. The original front door, now unused, is guarded by two bee hives which face imaginary visitors. This quiet area introduces the Apiary Cherry Orchard. Here 18 productive fruit trees in a regular 3 x 6 grid contain a working apiary of 8 additional hives. The orchard trees are underplanted with spring bulbs naturalised in the grass. The orchard opens onto The Lawn that borrows wide views from the surrounding fields. Espaliered apple and pear trees separate garden from open agricultural farmland. The North Terrace, accentuated with planters, protrudes into the lawn, the largest area of the garden that also contains a line of sculptured heads by a local artist set atop of lime-washed plinths. The lawn is edged on its southern side by the Long Axis Walk, bounded by an ancient hawthorn hedge, which runs the length of the garden and directs ones attention through an apple tunnel to the sheep paddocks. A collection of hellebores, ferns, hostas and Solomon’s seal cascade onto the path which leads to the Enclosed Vegetable Garden and beyond. Here in the productive heart of the garden, 12 raised beds, a greenhouse and a cutting border provide for the house. Wild plants and flowers are left to provide a varied source of pollen and nectar for the bees. The Old Orchard is on a path which forms a cross axis connecting the vegetable garden to the entrance. With its mixture of mature and juvenile fruit trees the Old Orchard is all that remains of the original cottager garden. It is accessed through an arch formed in the ancient hawthorn and leads the visitor to the Sunken Western Lawn. The circuit of the house has been completed and one concludes the visit in this the most formal part of the garden. Here a manicured Western Lawn compliments a herbaceous border that is enjoyed by visitors to the living room Terrace which is also accessed by the 3 sets of French doors of the main reception room of Southlands Lodge. Time for a cup of tea.
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Location details

Southlands Lodge,
Oxted,
Surrey,
RH8 9PH

Directions to Southlands Lodge
From Tandridge Village head S down hill for ¼m to T-junction with Southlands Ln. Turn L along Southlands Ln, approx ¼m to Southlands Lodge entrance gate.

Southlands Lodge openings

Visit by Arrangement

This garden opens for By Arrangement visits from August to August for groups of between 12 and 25.

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

Refreshments Home-made teas.
Admission Adult: £5.00
Child: Free

Accessibility

  • No information available at this time, please get in touch with the owners for details.
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FAQs

Yes, cashless payment is accepted.

Sorry, there is no available parking for coaches at Southlands Lodge at this time.

Yes, dogs are welcome at Southlands Lodge. Please keep the dogs on fixed short leads in the garden and keep in mind that you are responsible for controlling the dog’s behaviour. For any specific rules please ask the owners.

There are no plants for sale for the time being.

Sorry, Southlands Lodge does not yet accommodate wheelchair users.

Yes. Southlands Lodge 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.