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The Old Vicarage

Gardens of 3½ acres set around 1832 Regency house (not open). The front is formally laid out with topiary, wide lawn, mixed border and contemporary water sculpture. The rear features new and mature trees from C19, herbaceous borders, water garden and stunning uninterrupted views of the North Downs. The Japanese garden with waterfall and pond leads to a large copse, stream, treehouse and stumpery.

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The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage

About The Old Vicarage

As well as the stunning views looking towards the North Downs, enhanced by mature and various specimen trees, the garden has many pockets of interest. There is a Japanese garden with its waterfall, pond, bamboo and grasses, a further large water garden and numerous creatively planted herbaceous borders. A working kitchen garden has glasshouses, fruit cages, orchard and vegetables. The Italianate gazebo with green oak columns and lead roof offers a wonderfully comfortable place to sit and contemplate the beauty of this garden.

Throughout, there are well placed seating areas to take in the stunning scenery. The treehouse is much loved by young and old alike, from here the nature viewing platform opens on to the woodland copse area which incorporates a stream and architectural stumpery. Everyone loves the topiary of characters who watch over the tennis court.

In the spring there is an abundance of bulbs throughout: snowdrops, daffodils, tulips, fritillaria, camassia and bluebells.

Whatever the weather, there is a haven in the conservatory where refreshments are available.

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To see a video of the garden, and an interview with the owner click this link:

One happy garden visitor was inspired to write this, after her visit:

Just to be in Washington, now that Summer’s here,
To visit The Old Vicarage Gardens, where new scenes still appear.
To see such detailed visions, designed by such a happy team;
The whole place is a work of art and imaginative themes.
If you’ve never been to Washington, to see this garden wrapped in green,
Hasten there my friend, it really is a dream.

By Jane Bristow.

Location details

The Old Vicarage,
Washington,
Sussex,
RH20 4AS

Directions to The Old Vicarage
From Washington r'about on A24 take A283 to Steyning. 500yds R to Washington. Pass Frankland Arms, R to St Mary's Church. Car park available, but no large coaches.

The Old Vicarage openings

For this open day you need to pre-book your ticket in advance. To book tickets please click on the book button below.

Refreshments Light refreshments. Self service light refreshments on Thurs (cash only) & picnics welcome.
Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free
Opening times 10:00-17:00

For this open day you need to pre-book your ticket in advance. To book tickets please click on the book button below.

Refreshments Light refreshments. Self service light refreshments on Thurs (cash only) & picnics welcome.
Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free
Opening times 10:00-17:00

For this open day you need to pre-book your ticket in advance. To book tickets please click on the book button below.

Refreshments Light refreshments. Self service light refreshments on Thurs (cash only) & picnics welcome.
Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free
Opening times 10:00-17:00

For this open day you need to pre-book your ticket in advance. To book tickets please click on the book button below.

Refreshments Light refreshments. Self service light refreshments on Thurs (cash only) & picnics welcome.
Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free
Opening times 10:00-17:00

For this open day you need to pre-book your ticket in advance. To book tickets please click on the book button below.

Refreshments Light refreshments. Self service light refreshments on Thurs (cash only) & picnics welcome.
Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free
Opening times 10:00-17:00

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. Self service light refreshments on Thurs (cash only) & picnics welcome.
Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free
Opening times 10:00-17:00

For this open day you need to pre-book your ticket in advance. To book tickets please click on the book button below.

Refreshments Light refreshments. Self service light refreshments on Thurs (cash only) & picnics welcome.
Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free
Opening times 10:00-17:00

For this open day you need to pre-book your ticket in advance. To book tickets please click on the book button below.

Refreshments Light refreshments. Self service light refreshments on Thurs (cash only) & picnics welcome.
Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free
Opening times 10:00-17:00

For this open day you need to pre-book your ticket in advance. To book tickets please click on the book button below.

Refreshments Light refreshments. Self service light refreshments on Thurs (cash only) & picnics welcome.
Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free
Opening times 10:00-17:00

For this open day you need to pre-book your ticket in advance. To book tickets please click on the book button below.

Refreshments Light refreshments. Self service light refreshments on Thurs (cash only) & picnics welcome.
Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free
Opening times 10:00-17:00

For this open day you need to pre-book your ticket in advance. To book tickets please click on the book button below.

Refreshments Light refreshments. Self service light refreshments on Thurs (cash only) & picnics welcome.
Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free
Opening times 10:00-17:00

For this open day you need to pre-book your ticket in advance. To book tickets please click on the book button below.

Refreshments Light refreshments. Self service light refreshments on Thurs (cash only) & picnics welcome.
Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free
Opening times 10:00-17:00

For this open day you need to pre-book your ticket in advance. To book tickets please click on the book button below.

Refreshments Light refreshments. Self service light refreshments on Thurs (cash only) & picnics welcome.
Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free
Opening times 10:00-17:00

Visit by Arrangement

This garden opens for By Arrangement visits from 8 February to 10 October for groups of between 10 and 30.

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

Admission Adult: £7.00
Child: Free

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair access to front garden, but rear garden is on a slope.
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FAQs

Yes, cashless payment is accepted.

Sorry, there is no available parking for coaches at The Old Vicarage at this time.

Yes, dogs are welcome at The Old Vicarage. 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.

Yes, one or more routes at The Old Vicarage are accessible to wheelchair users.

Yes. The Old Vicarage 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.