Loseley House, one of the great Elizabethan estates will re-open to the public this May.
Loseley House is situated within 1,400 acres of verdant Surrey countryside of which 140 is woodland and 650 set-aside for farming. In the same family for over 500 years (the More-Molyneux’s) the current house was built by Sir William More at the command of Queen Elizabeth I.
The House cost GBP1,640. 19s 7d to build with most of the building stone coming from the ruins of the nearby Waverley Abbey which was destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries. It’s certainly a hidden gem with its panelling from Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace, carvings by Grinling Gibbons and remarkable paintings and mementos including George IV’s coronation chair.
This amazing House has starred in numerous films and TV series including Emma, Foyle’s War, Sense & Sensibility, The Special Relationship, Midsomer Murders and most recently, Parade’s End.
The gardens are equally beautiful especially the 2.5 acre Walled Garden featuring a series of “rooms” including herb gardens, rose gardens (over 1,000 bushes apparently) a white garden and an organic vegetable patch. Take a walk around the moat border and enjoy a recent addition, the 2.5 acre wild flower meadow.
Take tea by the historic mulberry tree which was purported to have been planted by Elizabeth I.
The house is open for tours 1pm – 5pm May – August and the grounds are open from 11 am – 5pm – every day except Friday and Saturday May – September. Admission £9 for adults and £4.50 for children (5-16).
Loseley House & Park, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1HS
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