The beautiful rarely seen Surrey garden open to public with vineyard wine tasting overlooking countryside

The wisteria will be in bloom when Chilworth Manor opens its garden this weekend (stock image) -Credit:Surrey Advertiser
The wisteria will be in bloom when Chilworth Manor opens its garden this weekend (stock image) -Credit:Surrey Advertiser

Perhaps unbeknown to many, there is beauty spot in Surrey that truly is a hidden gem. And the grounds are open for people to wander freely on a handful of days each year.

The gardens and grounds of Chilworth Manor are a haven nestled within the Surrey countryside. The peaceful garden is there for all the family to wander, explore and relax when it opens its gates to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme. Visitors have described the place as 'magical', 'a sheer delight', 'elegant and tranquil', 'a little piece of heaven'.

The 'English jewel' is tucked away in the Surrey Hills and has ancient origins dating back to William the Conqueror. Its gardens were later shaped by Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough in the early 18th century and Daphne, Lady Heald in the 20th century.

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The garden pays homage to the Duchess to this day. She bought the manor in 1725 and doubled its size by adding a Georgian wing. The beautiful gardens of Chilworth Manor will be accessible to visitors on its open day on Sunday, May 19. Guest can expect to see wisteria in bloom on the house and walled garden.

And on Saturday, June 1 when the estate will be hosting the National Garden Scheme, Chelsea Plant Sale. On sale will be a wide selection of perennials all specially selected for their show garden at RHS Chelsea Flower show by award-winning garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith and Peter Clay, co-founder of the renowned online nursery Crocus.

Chilworth Manor also offers wine tasting at its vineyard, with incredible views of the Surrey countryside. Guests can enjoy our English sparkling and rosé wines at The Watch House.

The vineyard tours offers visitors the chance to see and learn about the vines, their growth cycle and the winemaking process, as well as more about the history of Chilworth Manor. "With its stunning views over the vineyard and across to St Martha's Hill, it's the perfect spot to try our sparkling wines and still rosé, together with some specially prepared complementary pairing bites," Chilworth Manor Vineyard says.

Chilworth Wine Festival, an afternoon of music, wine and food, is also being held on Saturday, June 15. Go here to book.

How to visit

Booking is essential. Entry costs £7.50 for adults, while children go free. The gardens are open between 11am-5pm on May 19. Go here to book a walk around the garden. There will be talks at 12.15pm, 1.15pm and 3.15pm. There will also be homemade teas and refreshments available in aid of local charities. Dogs are not allowed.

Tickets must also be booked for the plant sale.

Address: Chilworth Manor, Halfpenny Lane, Chilworth, GU4 8NN

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