Osterley is one of my favourite gardens in London.
The stunning gardens and park surround the neo-classical house.
The Great Meadow has never been ploughed. In the Spring it is full of cow parsley, brambles, docks, nettles, goose grass, red campion and bluebells.
The Stables and Walled Garden are little changed from when they were built in 16th Century.
Mrs Robert Child’s Flower Garden has been recreated as an ’18th century Ladies Garden’. It is planted with ‘old-fashioned flowers and plants for scent & colour’. The Garden House with its five linked Venetian windows and ionic pilasters was designed by Robert Adam in 1780 as a plant house.
Don’t miss the American Garden. It was planted in 18th century with trees, shrubs and flowers from North America. It has recently been restored using original plant lists and plans.
In the Summer holidays, bicycles can be hired to explore the wider estate. Or bring your own bike.
Or kayaking on the lake – check the website for details.
National Trust members visit for free.