Enjoy a stroll within the tranquil gardens of Houghton Lodge

Test Valley, Hampshire

Pay three very special alpacas a friendly visit in the gardens of Houghton Lodge.

These cute little guys enjoy 15 acres of glorious gardens and parkland which is open to the public. The alpacas are so child-friendly they don’t spit or bite, but may stamp their feet if they get really annoyed. Otherwise, the children can delight in the magic topiary puffing dragon instead.

In summer, the 18th Century Grade II Listed Gothic Cottage ornée is definitely the place to sample blooming England at its best. Set above the tranquil waters of the River Test Valley, why not lie back and delight in the splendid views across the river.

Like the historic rooms in the house itself, the Walled Garden, Peacock Parterre, herbaceous border and farm each have their own special character, and David Attenborough’s Rise of Animals is the latest film to take advantage of this stunning location.

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