Best known for its fine gardens, Hinton Ampner is an elegant country house with an outstanding collection of furniture, paintings and objets d'art. The house was extensively remodelled after a traumatic fire in 1960 by its final owner, Ralph Dutton, 8th and last Lord Sherborne, who also created the gardens - widely acknowledged to be a masterpiece of 20th century garden design. The 12 acre garden, set in 80 acres of unspoilt parkland, combines a formal layout with varied and informal plantings of shrubs interspersed with herbaceous plants. There are magnificent vistas both within the garden and over the parkland and rolling Hampshire countryside. With their crisply manicured lawns and fine topiary, the gardens cleverly combine formal design with informal planting.
The walled garden has been restored following its 20 year use as the tenant's private garden and is now a popular attraction with a thriving and extensive kitchen garden. Produce from the garden, when available, is on sale along with a wide range of plants. The shop carries a wide selection of plants propagated from actual plants in the garden.
Gardeners and experienced volunteers are always on hand to talk to visitors and answer questions. There are free (normal admission applies) guided tours of the garden every Tuesday afternoon starting at 2.15 and often on Thursdays at the same time.
General information and opening times can be viewed here. These pages are an on line version of our Visitor Information System, that is accessible in the Potting Shed, and cover the garden in more detail particularly the extensive range of plants, many of which are unusual or rare.