I’d been wanting to visit Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens since it re-opened in April earlier this year, and this had been the first chance that I had in order to do this.
The 240 acre Grade 1 listed garden estate at Lower Beeding in West Sussex had been closed to the public since June 2010, after the Loder family sold it to an international businessman. The house and gardens were then acquired by by the Benguela Collection Hospitality group in July 2017, whereby they then went about restoring, maintaining and further improving the gardens and buildings.
Leonardslee Illuminated runs until 22nd December this year and it really was well worth a visit. The illuminations were excellent, beautifully done, with lite music playing. The lake was stunning, with a moon suspended over it – it was indeed the highlight of the trail.
There were also a variety of gift and food stalls along with an old fashioned merry go round.
I’m looking forward to visiting the gardens again in the springtime, as the gardens are famed for their outstanding displays of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, Magnolias, Bluebells and the beautiful ornamental rock garden.