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Hinton Ampner House and Gardens

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Address: Hinton Ampner, Bramdean, Alresford, SO24 0LA
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A National Trust elegant country house with highly distinctive gardens.

Best known for its fine garden, Hinton Ampner is an elegant country house with an outstanding collection of furniture, paintings and objets d’art. After a fire in 1960, the house was remodelled by the owner, Ralph Dutton, the eigth and last Lord Sherborne, who was also responsible for the design of the gardens.

The garden is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of 20th century design. The five hectare (twelve acre) garden unites a formal layout with varied and informal plantings in pastel shades. Set in superb Hampshire countryside, there are magnificent vistas across parkland and the South Downs. Highlights of the garden include the dell, a sunken garden with fine topiary, and the recently restored walled garden.

From Boxing Day, you can also explore 1,600 acres of newly opened Hinton Ampner estate, with dog-friendly walks through glorious woodland beech avenues, and stunning views over the South Downs. This is also an excellent starting point for other routes such as the Wayfarer’s Walk.

If the ancient trees in Hinton Ampner’s historic parkland could talk, they would tell of Civil War battles, war time evacuees, and ghostly hauntings. The trees span all the centuries of inhabited life at Hinton, and a downloadable 45 minute trail* delves into some of their amazing stories. Discover trees that have been there since Tudor times, hug the huge gnarled oak that overlooked the battlefield of the Battle of Cheriton in 1644, and find out why the Victorians filled some of the parkland’s oaks with concrete, still seen today

The tea room offers a variety of locally sourced products, home-made cakes and cream teas.

There is a shop selling products from local honey to home-grown plants when available.

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  • Mobility parking – marked bays, separate parking available by arrangement
  • Adapted toilet near tea-room
  • Braille and large print guide availiable in the house
  • Grounds – map of accessible route available from visitor reception
  • House – ramped entrance and accessible ground floor, press door bell at main house entrance for assistance
  • Wheelchairs available to borrow
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Admission to the whole property

  • Adult: £9.35
  • Child: £4.50
  • Family: £23.10
  • Group adult: £7.80
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For opening times see the Hinton Ampner website.

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Road

on A272, 1 mile west of Bramdean village, 8 miles east of Winchester. Leave M3 at exit 9 and follow signs to Petersfield.

Parking: free, please call 01962 771305 for details on disabled parking.

Sat-Nav: Use post code SO24 0NH for satnav, this is the postcode for the Hinton arms pub which is 20 metres west from main entrance gates. House post code will direct you to the wrong entrance.

Public transport

Train: Winchester 9 miles; Petersfield 10 miles; Alresford (Mid-Hants Railway steam railway, linked via mainline services at Alton) 4 miles. See bus details for transfers to Hinton Ampner.

Bus: Winchester to Petersfield,via Alresford (passing close to Winchester and Alresford train stations and passing Petersfield train station). Number 67 Velvet bus (No Sunday service) 10 minute walk east bound bus stop, 20 minute walk west bound bus stop.

Cycle: Arrival from main entrance gates on A272, via the visitor reception.

Foot: Arrival on foot to main gates off the A272. Make your way up the main drive way to visitor reception using the gates next to both cattle grids. Arrival from direct access from Wayfarers Way, linked to South Downs way, please report to reception at far end of the main drive on arrival.

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