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Mount Ephraim Country House & Gardens is a privately-owned family home comprising of over 800 acres of woodland, pasture and a fruit farm. At the heart of the estate lies the main house and gardens with stunning views over the surrounding countryside. In the ten acres of enchanting Edwardian gardens, terraces of fragrant roses lead to a small lake and woodland area overlooking orchards. A wide collection of spring bulbs and many beautiful mature trees are other highlights. Whether you want to picnic by the lake, explore the arboretum, or stroll through the rose gardens, there is something for everyone and no two visits are the same.

The gardens are open between April and September on Wednesdays to Sundays from 11am until 5pm. For full opening times and prices please scroll down.

Tea Room and Topiary

Our beautiful Tea Room in the West Wing  of the main house serves delicious lunches and afternoon teas both inside or on the terrace overlooking the topiary. This elaborate and unusual topiary features a miscellany of birds, animals and First World War memorabilia and sits alongside a traditional herbaceous border and Millennium Rose Garden abundant with scented roses throughout much of the garden season.

Japanese Rock Garden & Water Garden

The rock garden is based on a series of pools ornamented with a Japanese stone bridge and lanterns. Together with the water garden it is a place of tranquillity and calm.

Miz Maze

Based on a medieval labyrinth the maze is planted with ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials and creates a ‘Catherine Wheel’ of contrasting colours. Sited through a beautiful motto gate, it is best seen as the summer draws to a close.


Planted to commemorate the late Mary Dawes’ 80th birthday and 300 years of the family’s ownership of Mount Ephraim. Sited on an artificially raised mound, it creates a wonderful viewpoint.



Garden Daily Openings

From 1st April 2020 until the end of September 2020 we will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays & Bank Holidays. Gates open 11am. Last admission 4pm, gardens close 5pm.

Garden Admission Prices

Adults  £7.00

Children (4-16yrs)* £2.50

Children 3yrs and under* FREE

Family ticket 2 adults 2+ children £17

Wheelchair users** £1.00

Group Bookings

To make a group booking (for 10 or more visitors) please click here.

Season Tickets***

Family Season Tickets (2 adults, 2+ children) £50.00

Single Adult Season Tickets £22.00

Single Child Season Ticket (4-16 years) £7.50

Other information

There is a large car park with plenty of spaces and all parking is free. Dogs are very welcome on leads for all responsible dog owners. You are welcome to picnic in our gardens.

Parents and carers of young children – please note there is lots of open water at Mount Ephraim including rock pools, fountains and a lake. Please supervise your children at all times.

Hazards – there is a Ha-Ha on the front lawn and our brick steps and paths can be slippery in wet weather. Please take care.

Access Statement

Please read our Access Statement for information on visiting Mount Ephraim.

*May be priced separately for special events **Gardens are only partially accessible for wheelchair users and people with lesser mobility. Disabled toilets and parking available *** Unlimited visits during opening times for one season. Season tickets can be purchased from the ticket office during opening hours or by emailing


The estate has been owned by the Dawes family since 1695 and is still run by members of the family today. It’s this family touch that lends Mount Ephraim Gardens their personal charm.


First laid out in the early 1900s by Willie and Jeanie Dawes, the gardens suffered through wartime neglect and damage from use by the army. However, in the early 1950s Mary and Bill Dawes poured their hearts and souls into restoring them – with Mary involved heavily in the day-to-day running until her death in 2009 at the dignified age of 93. Today, the gardens continue to be cared for by two full time gardeners and some occasional part time and volunteer help under the instruction of Lesley Dawes, who has taken over the overall management of the gardens from her Mother-in-Law. Although not a trained gardener or horticulturalist, Lesley lived at Mount Ephraim for 25 years and has a great love for the gardens and the willingness and energy to take forward the legacy that Mary has left behind.


We have several partners operating on the estate to add even more to your experience…


Understand the outdoors better with skills training, forest school training, food safety and more.

Joe’s Bows Country Sports

Providing falconry, archery, axe throwing and other traditional country pursuits as experience days. Falconry displays will take place in the gardens at our seasonal events  advertised on our What’s On pages.

Kent Laser Clays

Offering a unique, hi-tech and safe version of the country pursuit of clay pigeon shooting. This competitive activity where 5 shooters compete to hit the same clay target using decommissioned 12 bore shot guns is perfect for family gatherings and special occasions. Available for half day or full day events.

Yonder Tents

Offering inspiring and flexible tents opening up your options for weddings and outdoor events.

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