Stonyford Cottage Gardens


Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Stonyford Lane

2 miles west of Cuddington; follow brown tourist signs from A556.

2.5 acres

01606 888970

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Opening Hours

10am–5pm, Tue–Fri, 2 Apr–25 Oct.


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies when open.


  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets


  • Autumn colour
  • Cottage planting
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Water garden

About the garden

Owned by
Tony Overland

The gardens are family owned and were created from a wetland area around a tranquil lake in a sheltered valley on the edge of Delamere Forest. This is an informal garden where shade and moisture-loving plants, including orchids, primulas, astilbes and hostas grow among natural wooded areas. 

Paths lead the visitor over bridges, to an island where groups of alder and willow grow through the water, reminiscent of the 'everglades'. Many unusual woodland plants reside here including Rodgersia, Trillium and Brunnera, along with poolside trees such as the swamp cypress and the dawn redwood. 

Beautiful views across the lake to the cottage gardens lead the eye over the waterside iris, giant marsh marigolds and borders of summer-flowering perennials, set around rarer trees and shrubs. The gardens open up along a Monet-style bridge to an island setting, which leads onto the private cottage gardens, and a boarded walk through an area of wet woodland, which is a site of biological importance.     

Visitors enter the gardens through the Plant Nursery, which offers a good selection of perennials, shrubs, alpines and garden ornaments. Mail order is also available via the online shop. There is also a tearoom that serves light lunches and homemade cakes.

Please note: this garden is partially accessible.

Plants of special interest

  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Hellebores
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Maple
  • Meconopsis
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.