"Southside House is not a work of art but something more precious - a house created and adorned by those who inhabit it." Simon Jenkins (England's 1000 Best Houses).
Wilderness, order, woodland, secret pathways, classical follies and water all combine to create a garden of surprises at Southside House, with formal and informal elements entwined. Visitors taking a guided tour are welcome to wander and explore.
We try to garden in an organic and environmentally responsible way and avoid the use of all chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides. Wildlife is encouraged at Southside and Great, Willow, Blue and Long-tailed tits, dunnocks, robins, fieldfares, green, gold and bull finches, nuthatches, blackbirds, thrushes (occasionally), greater spotted woodpeckers, green woodpeckers, tawny owls and jays (less welcome) are regular visitors/residents, as are newts, frogs and toads.
We are currently restoring the overgrown wall features in the Privy Garden as well the woodland grove and Folly Island.
We open the gardens for one weekend each year, as part of the London Open Garden Squares weekend. The dates for 2018 are 9-10 June.