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Borde Hill, West Sussex

The Tudor mansion which lies at the heart of the estate, was built in 1598, and has, for the last  four generations been inhabited by the Clarke family. The garden dates back to the late early 19th century, when Colonel Stephenson Clarke (like many other local landowners) sponsored some of the Great Plant Hunters’ expeditions to the Far East and South America in his search for rare and unusual plants to grace his estate.

Borde Hill, Sussex Charlotte Weychan

Most noticeable at this time of year are the early-flowering magnolias, which are simply stunning.

Borde Hill, Sussex Charlotte Weychan

One of the most striking features of  Borde Hill is the undulating parkland surrounding the property and the fine views over the Sussex Weald. There is more than 200 acres of National Heritage Grade II listed parkland, providing wonderful walks for visitors. The house is carefully positioned to maximise on the views and is surrounded by 17 acres of private gardens divided into a series of carefully-planned areas, including an Italian, Mediterranean, Rhododendron and Rose garden. And then at the far reaches of the property there are camellia and azalea rings which provide glorious colour displays early in the visiting season.

Read on for The Galloping Gardener’s full review.

Contact Details

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1XP.
T: 01444 450326 E:

Opening Days and Times

The garden reopens on the 22nd of March 2014 and will be open everyday. Opening times: 10am to 6pm (or dusk if earlier)

Adults £8, Concession £7.50, Child £5 Under 3 – Free