The new owner, Penny Streeter, purchased the semi-derelict house and garden less than a year ago and has worked with a team of 13 gardeners to restore the spectacular grounds to their former splendour.
The original owner, Sir Edmund Loder was a renowned plant collector and bred his own rhododendron hybrids. The gardens were the setting for the cult film Black Narcisssus.
Leonardslee House is currently available for private functions, and a restaurant and tea-rooms are soon to be open to the public – Fiona and Erica can attest that the food is superb.
A Pinotage vineyard, the first in the UK, has just been planted. With additional attractions including wallabies and a doll’s house museum, Leonardslee is an ideal destination for group visits.
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