One of the great gardens of the 20th century.
Best known for its fine gardens, Hinton Ampner is an elegant country house with an outstanding collection of furniture, paintings and objets d'art. The house was extensively remodelled after a traumatic fire in 1960 by its final owner, Ralph Dutton, 8th and last Lord Sherborne, who also created the gardens - widely acknowledged to be a masterpiece of 20th century garden design. With their crisply manicured lawns and fine topiary, the gardens cleverly combine formal design with informal planting, are always on hand to talk to visitors. The walled garden, currently being turned back into a productive area, is popular attraction with a thriving and extensive vegetable plot. Produce from the garden, when available, is on sale along with a wide range of plants.
The 12 acre garden, set in 80 acres of unspoilt parkland, combines a formal layout with varied and informal plantings of shrubs interspersed with herbaceous plants. There are magnificent vistas both within the garden and over the parkland and rolling Hampshire countryside. The house contains Ralph Dutton’s fine collection of Regency furniture, Italian paintings and hardstone items.
As the new shop carries a comprehensive selection of plants for sale the Annual Plant Festival will no longer be held.
The Garden, Shop & Tea Room is open from 10.00 - 5.00, Saturday - Thursday, from 11 February - 30 November & also Good Friday. (last Admission 4.30).(Closed on Thursdays in November)
The House is open from 11.00 - 5.00 Saturday - Thursday & from 19 February - 30 November & also Good Friday.(Last entry 4.30) (Closed on Thursdays in November)
Special Christmas Opening Saturday 3 - Sunday 11 December 2011, 11.00 - 4.00. Late night Friday to 7 pm.
The Alder Valley Brass band is playing on Saturday 3rd and 10th with The Owlsbury Bell Ringers on Sunday 4th December and carol singers on Sunday 11th. There will be a Carol service at Hinton Ampner church on Friday 9th at 6pm.
Free (normal admission applies) guided tours of the garden every Tuesday afternoon.
See conservation work taking place in the House every Tuesday (No additional charge)
Our gardeners are always on hand to chat and answer your questions,
New for 2012
Some of the restored greenhouses in the Walled Garden will be open.
Extended opening hours to 6pm each day.
Details of opening times and other visitor information.
Events for 2012 will be posted when confirmed.