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Please note that Leonardslee is no longer open to the public and is now a private garden
Rock Garden Vista Rock Garden Statue More early May Colour in the Rock Garden
Leonardslee Middlewalk Wooded Valley Victorian Cars exhibition
Leonardslee Gardens are located close to M23 (J11), off the B2110 in Sussex. They cover about 240 acres in a sheltered valley which includes seven lakes and was largely developed in the late 1800's by the Loder family who originated from Dorset. The current family members including Robin Loder still own and manage the estate today.

The Pocket Handkerchief TreeRhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias and Magnolias flourish in the gardens and provide a vibrant display in May each year which is legendary. A new vista of color presents itself at every turn. As a background to this colourful display is the woodland valley, populated with old oak, beech, birch, intermingled with larch and scots pine. Add to this the stream and lakes and you have the perfect setting.

In summer the gardens and lakes take on a more subdued and subtle beauty with wild flowers and fragrant flowering trees. There are wildfowl, large carp and also wallabies and deer. The Wallabies have lived semi-wild in the gardens for 100 years and help to keep the grass under control.
A pair of pheasants
In addition to the beauty of the gardens there are other attractions including the collection of Victorian Motor Cars which are kept in perfect working order and take part in the annual London to Brighton run; an award winning Bonsai exhibition and the "Behind the Dolls House" exhibition depicting a country estate of some 100 years ago, at 1/12th scale. There is also the Clock Tower Restaurant, a gift shop shop and plant sales.

Leonardslee makes an excellent day out at anytime but is often described as the most beautiful woodland garden in Europe during the month of May. The charm of the garden is that it is informal but has evolved over 200 years into a beautiful landscape.

Bluebell wood Waterfall into Waterfall Pond. Waterside at Clapper Bridge Pond.

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Leonardslee Autumn 2003
Leonardslee is renowned for its magnificent display of colour in the late spring, but these pictures taken in October show that the Autumn foliage display is also worthy of a visit. See also the Sheffield Park page for even more Autumn colour.
Engine Pond in Autumn

The Mansion

Woodland Walk

Reflections of Autumn


Leonardslee Autumn 2008
A further visit to Leonardslee Gardens in late October 2008, showing the best of the Autumn colours. Also the "Beyond The Dolls House" exhibition shows the workings of a country estate and neighbouring market town of 100 years ago, meticulously researched and exquisitely made, in 1/12 scale. Visitors can see inside the buildings, and every detail is historically accurate.
Autumn at Engine Pond

Fallen Leaves

Autumn at Middle Pond

Dolls House - Country Mansion Dolls House - Laundry Dolls House - Shop