Al fresco dining, picnics, garden walks and dog-friendly experiences in Surrey, Sussex & Kent

Those summer nights...

"Gardening is how I relax; it's another form of creating and playing with colour." - Oscar de la Renta

Rolling lawns, fabulous follies, woodland, meadows and more - our 'back gardens' are rather special spots. Wrapping around our glorious country house hotels in the home counties, our gardens come to life in the summer months with picnicking, al fresco dining and more. Read on to discover what our secret gardens will offer this summer, and get ready to feel the grass beneath your feet and the sun on your skin.

Please note, for our picnic afternoon teas and garden visits, should the weather be against us you are welcome to take your picnic tea home to enjoy.

Al Fresco Dining

From July 4th

Visit our socially-distanced terraces from July 4th to experience fine dining in the most glorious of settings. With views of the Parterres, Japanese bridge, Rose garden and fountain our south-facing terrace couldn't be more idyllic. Accompany that with our superb cuisine, from afternoon tea to our Estate Grill terrace menu and our exceptional service (observing of course all Covid-19 related precautions), where could be better to while away an afternoon...and perhaps the evening too?

Seats are limited and advance booking is recommended.

Heated Outdoor Pool

From Friday 31st July

From July 31st our heated outdoor pool reopens for the season with a spectacular brand collaboration. Residents and day guests booking in on our 'Pool Days' will enjoy our Nyetimber Pool experience, with luxurious touches throughout, butler-style service, a poolside menu including fresh sushi and of course, plenty of Nyetimber.

The Nyetimber Pool Days

A Day by the Pool - £99

Join us by the 1920s heated outdoor pool at Great Fosters for a day of relaxing, Nyetimber and more. You will have a reserved and ‘naturally’ distanced sun lounger from 10am till 5pm, with towels, robes and slippers for your use and one of our beautiful turquoise Alexander Hotels tote bags to keep along with a L’Occitane kit of poolside essentials.

Soak up the rays on our sun-drenched terrace and take a dip in our beautiful heated pool at your leisure. Your package includes a glass of Nyetimber (which you can enjoy on arrival or with lunch) and lunch taken from our poolside menu including sushi selections. You will enjoy attentive butler style service throughout the day and you’re free to wander the grounds taking in the David Harber sculpture exhibition or to make use of the facilities in the historic main house too.

Pool & Pamper Day - £179

Includes all of the above, plus a 55 minute massage, which our expert therapists will perform in our beautiful Treatment Rooms in the main house.

Find out more and book below.

David Harber Sculpture Exhibition

Running from July - September 30th, we are delighted to share an enriching and intriguing sculpture exhibition set within our gardens from the renowned artist David Harber. To visit, simply contact us on the details below to book your spot for lunch, tea, a picnic or supper and you can take in the sculptures at your leisure. David has provided a suggested route, carefully considering how the pieces interact with the gardens and each other, reaching the exhibition's denouement as David intended, which you are welcome to take or you can simply explore.

 

About David
David Harber has been making contemporary and classical artworks from his Oxfordshire studio for over two decades and has gained an impressive following worldwide. He designs and makes original and covetable sculptures, sundials and water features that enchant and endure, whilst responding to customers’ individual needs and environments. Synonymous with elegance and simplicity, his designs playfully incorporate nature, reflection, light and water to create dramatic focal points in both exterior and interior settings.

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Image credit: Clive Nichols

Garden Strolls & Picnic Lunches

Take a turn of our glorious 55 acres of grounds and pick a spot to settle down for a delightful picnic of afternoon tea treats.

Each fifteen minutes from 11am till 5pm we'll be accepting up to 6 guests at a time for a three-hour visit to our beautiful grounds, with a delicious afternoon tea to enjoy where you settle. Now that we are open, our facilities are available for you to use when you visit. Dogs and little ones very welcome.

To book, simply select 'Afternoon Tea' on the diary below. Priced at £30 per person, payment will be taken at the time of booking.

Al Fresco Dining

From July 4th

Head for the Hill from July 4th and grab a spot on the most sought after terrace in the Surrey Hills. With wrap-around terraces, gorgeous gardens and divine delights from the kitchen (and the bar!) where could be better to pitch up for a post lock-down treat. Pop the rosé and let the good times roll...

Seats are limited and advance booking is recommended.

Everyone's talking about it...

Silent Pool Gin Garden

Discover our exclusive collaboration with the inimitable Silent Pool Gin. Located in our endlessly charming Wendy House lawn you'll find the Silent Pool Gin garden, where we're serving our oh-so-scrummy afternoon teas paired with three Silent Pool Gin drinks.

 

Find out more and book in below - it's here till September 30th!

Garden Strolls & Picnic Lunches

Sitting pretty atop one of the famous Surrey Hills, Barnett Hill is surrounded by 26 acres of gorgeous gardens with woodlands galore to explore. Our gardens for self-guided tours with afternoon tea picnics daily if you'd like to pay is a visit!

Each fifteen minutes from 11am till 5pm we'll be accepting up to six guests at a time for a two-hour visit to explore our gardens and woodland, with a delicious afternoon tea to enjoy where you settle. As the house is now open you're welcome to use our facilities when you visit. Four-legged friends and little ones will be very welcome.

To book, simply select 'Afternoon Tea' on the diary below. Priced at £19.50 per person, payment will be taken at the time of booking.

Al Fresco Dining

From July 4th

With our stunning south-facing terrace, and two further beautiful patios, from July 4th we'll we welcoming you back to enjoy a (socially-distanced of course) afternoon tea al fresco, or perhaps a long lunch from our rosette-awarded kitchens, served by our wonderful team. Celebrate our reopening and enjoy the summer sun in style - glass of champagne? Don't mind if we do!

Seats are limited and advance booking is essential.

Garden Strolls & Picnic Lunches

Holding court in 120 acres of rolling Sussex countryside, Alexander House is a jewel of a Jacobean manor. Come and explore our meadows, woodland and grounds and enjoy a stroll before pitching up for a delightful picnic of afternoon tea treats.

Each fifteen minutes from 11am till 5pm we'll be accepting up to six guests at a time for a two-hour visit to explore our grounds and woodland, with a delicious afternoon tea to enjoy where you settle. As we are now open again you are most welcome to use our facilities. Four-legged friends and little ones very welcome.

To book, simply select 'Afternoon Tea' on the diary below. Priced at £50 per couple, payment will be taken at the time of booking.

Al Fresco Dining

From July 4th

Pull up a chair and settle in for a long lunch on our beautiful south-facing terraces. Soak up the sun and pop a cork or two - we're taking bookings from July 4th so do come and visit us for a post lock-down indulgence. Enjoy our 2-AA rosette cuisine from the RG's kitchen or a sweet treat with our al fresco afternoon tea - or even a BBQ!

Seats are limited and advance booking is essential.

Garden Strolls & Picnic Lunches

Set in 15 acres of grounds, Rowhill Grange is perfect for a stroll in the countryside. You can visit us for lunch on the terrace, afternoon tea or perhaps a picnic!

Each fifteen minutes from 11am till 5pm we'll be accepting up to six guests at a time for a two-hour visit to explore our grounds and woodland, with a delicious afternoon tea to enjoy where you settle. Now that we are open again you are most welcome to make use of our facilities. Four-legged friends and little ones very welcome.

To book, simply select 'Afternoon Tea' on the diary below. Priced at £50 per couple, payment will be taken at the time of booking.