Autumn Colours at Englefield Estate

The History

The origins of the garden at Englefield date back over 400 years.

As you walk around the garden you will see an inscription on a stone staircase on the upper terrace which reads, “If you help towards Englefield Garden either in flowers or invention you shall be welcome thither”, a phrase taken from a letter by the occupier Edward Norris dated 1601.

Over four centuries on, our garden is still welcoming visitors to enjoy its plants, trees, stunning views and tranquillity. The foundations of the garden as they appear today were created in the late 1860s with

the building of the stone balustrades and staircases by Italian craftsmen. In 1936 the woodland garden on the hill above the house was created by thinning the forest. At the same time, the stream was constructed and the area planted.

Much of the original planting is still in place and includes varieties of rhododendron, azalea, camellia, magnolia, parrotia, cornus, davidia and acer.
The lower terrace was redesigned in 1974 by the American landscape architect Lanning Roper.

General information

There are no toilet or refreshment facilities at the garden but Englefield Stores and Tea Room are located in Englefield village where you can also visit Englefield Garden Centre.

Parts of the garden are terraced or on a hillside making wheelchair access difficult in places. If the ground is firm (after dry weather), then it will be possible to view much of the garden.

Please note picnics, ball games or dogs, except assistance dogs, are not permitted in the garden. Play equipment in the garden is designed for use by children under 10.

Englefield House is a private residence and is not open to the public.

September, October and November

From September onwards as the season changes the oaks, maples, liquidambar and other deciduous trees provide a riot of autumn colour which is just magnificent. Additionally, at this time of year Aconitum and Symphotricum (formerly known as Asters) bloom in our box borders and beds on the west lawn terrace. While Skimmia, Hydrangeas, Cyclamen hederifolium can all be found in woodland areas.

OPENING TIMES 

Our gardens are open to visitors every Monday throughout the year from 10.00am – 6.00pm April to October and 10.00am – 4.00pm November to March. The entrance fee is £5.00 but is free for children.

Please no picnics, ball games or dogs, except guide dogs.

From March to October we are able to accommodate group tours Tuesday to Thursday for a minimum of 20 people. Tours are led by our Head Gardener and must be booked in advance. Email gardens@englefield.co.uk for more information and to book your tour.

Please note Englefield House is a private residence and is not open to the public. 

Visit Englefield

Englefield in Autumn

A stroll around the beautifully-kept gardens at Englefield House shows that the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” is well and truly upon us.

As summer’s greenery makes way for autumn’s rich variety of fiery crimsons, ambers and browns, Sarah Mosby, House and Events Co-ordinator at the Englefield Estate, took these pictures showing the stunning changes transforming the gardens.

We officially waved farewell to summer on August 31, and the many oaks, maples, sweetgum and other deciduous trees in the gardens are now treating us to a riot of colour before winter’s chill truly hits.

Records show the gardens at Englefield were being managed and cared for more than 400 years ago, with the gardens as we know them today originating from the 1860s. Much of the planting from that time is still with us 150 years later.

The gardens are open to visitors every Monday (£5 per adult, children free). From April to October the hours are from 10am to 6pm, but as the nights draw in, from November, they are 10am to 4pm until the end of March.

A stroll around the beautifully-kept gardens at Englefield House shows that the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” is well and truly upon us.

As summer’s greenery makes way for autumn’s rich variety of fiery crimsons, ambers and browns, Sarah Mosby, House and Events Co-ordinator at the Englefield Estate, took these pictures showing the stunning changes transforming the gardens.

We officially waved farewell to summer on August 31, and the many oaks, maples, sweetgum and other deciduous trees in the gardens are now treating us to a riot of colour before winter’s chill truly hits.

Records show the gardens at Englefield were being managed and cared for more than 400 years ago, with the gardens as we know them today originating from the 1860s. Much of the planting from that time is still with us 150 years later.

The gardens are open to visitors every Monday (£5 per adult, children free). From April to October the hours are from 10am to 6pm, but as the nights draw in, from November, they are 10am to 4pm until the end of March.

Head gardener Sue Broughton and her team naturally have their hands full at this time of year, but Sue can make time for midweek group tours by appointment.

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