52. Loseley Park
Loseley Park is a large Tudor manor house with 3 miles south-west of Guildford. The present house was built between 1562 and 1568 with stone brought from the ruins of Waverley Abbey.The new house replaced a smaller one which Elizabeth I declared was not ‘adequate’ for her to visit and requested something larger be built.
The walled garden, based on a design by Gertrude Jekyll, contains a series of “rooms” with different themes running through them. The redevelopment of the garden commenced in 1993/4 with the Rose Garden and continued with the Herb Garden, Flower Garden, White Garden and, most recently, the organic Vegetable and Cut Flower Garden.
The estate was acquired by the direct ancestors of the current owners, the More-Molyneux’s, at the beginning of the 16th century. Loseley Park is still the residence of the More-Molyneux family and is open to the public. http://www.loseleypark.co.uk/