These internationally renowned gardens were laid out in an informal way nearly 70 years ago using the natural contours of the previously farmed land. The delightful pond was originally dug as a drinking trough for horses, and is situated adjacent to the Oast House Tea Rooms, which provides an ideal spot to sit and enjoy your refreshments.
The nearby dell was probably mined for chalk although legend tells of its use for cock-fighting. You can still meet some fascinating breeds of poultry on your visit but all are very peaceful!
This tranquil garden was originally designed with spring colour in mind and visitors at this time of year can see magnificent rhododendrons, azaleas, virburnums and climbing roses. In summer an equally impressive collection of blue and red hydrangeas will delight visitors. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual trees including Acers, firs, oaks and pines provide a wonderful splash of colour in autumn but also reflect the garden designer's admiration for Scotland's famous Inverewe gardens. The gardens lay claim to the tallest Eucryhia in Kent and are home to many species of bird including Firecrests, Owls and Kestrels. Oast House Tea Rooms Home baking is a special feature of the Tea Rooms which offer delicious scones, cakes, apple pies and quiche. Morning coffees and cream teas are also available as are homemade soups, ploughman’s and light lunches. Eat in the Oast House or on the terrace. Sunday lunches available. The oast is ideal for small family celebrations and meals can be ordered for parties of up to 50. Coach Parties Welcome There is ample parking and coach parties of up to 50 people can be arranged by pre-booking. It is also possible to combine a visit with nearby Challock Church to see the celebrated John Ward Murals and a fascinating tour of Mr Hams’ rural collection can be arranged by appointment. Guided tours and evening visits for groups can be arranged by appointment. Discounts for groups of 15+ Visiting Us Open mid-March to end of October 10.30am – 5.30pm closed Fridays (except groups by arrangements) Wheel chair friendly – Silver access award. The gardens are suitable for wheelchairs but not in extreme wet weather. The owners reserve the right to close the gardens without notice if necessary. There is ample parking for visitors including disabled parking. Dogs are not allowed in the gardens (except guide dogs)
Beech Court Gardens and Tea Rooms Canterbury Road (A252), Challock, Kent TN25 4DJ T: 01233 740735 or 07792 000508