Heale House in Middle Woodford, was built towards the end of the 16th century and has seen much history. Most notably King Charles II hid here during his journey to Shoreham and his escape to France. Heale House is the private home of the Rasch family, but Heale Gardens are open to the public and are a lovely place to visit. Please check their website for the latest opening times and ticket prices.
The gardens at Heale are idyllic and you can stroll through the walled garden and imagine what it must have been like to live in Heale House back in King Charles II’s day. Explore the Japanese water gardens and cross the red Nikko Bridge where you can see if you can spot trout in the tributaries of the River Avon. The gardens have a great collection of snowdrops and aconites in spring, and colour themed borders in the summer. There is a plant centre which stocks unusual plants, shrubs and roses and an exceptional coffee shop serving homemade cakes and cream teas.
Where to Stay
If you are planning to visit Heale Gardens and are looking for a stylish, contemporary hotel near to Salisbury and Stonehenge the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge is a great option. Adjacent to the A303 they are the perfect choice for exploring the local attractions. With a choice of guest rooms, family rooms or fully accessible rooms, you are sure to find something to meet your needs. The Solstice Bar & Grill are famous for their breakfasts, Sunday Carvery and regional menus.