King John’s Nursery, Garden and Tea Room

King Johns Lodge, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19 7AZ

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Meadow at King John’s Nursery and Garden, Etchingham, East Sussex.


King John's Nursery is currently open Thursdays to Sundays, 10am-5pm. Please check the website before travelling.



The gardens are a tranquil and romantic mix of formal and naturalistic planting surrounding a stunning grade II listed Georgian house. With lawn, yew hedges,  ha-ha and ancient espalier apple trees juxtaposed by the wild meadow and self-seeding native plants creeping through the borders and old York stone paving. New gardens have been developed over the last few years linking the nursery with the old garden giving more areas to wander.

Nursery and shop

The plant nursery has been evolving over the last 15 years and has a great range of herbaceous perennials including many harder to find varieties but also all the usual shrubs, bedding veg and herbs. The nursery has a specific interest in woodland plants, natives, ferns and geraniums amongst others. The shop is an eclectic mix of garden tools, statuary, vintage items, cards and household and garden gifts. All laid out in an informal and old fashioned manner.


The café and its garden are a wonderful place to relax surrounded by plants, books and birds. Serving tea, coffee and homemade cake. During summer weekends and events a wider menu is available.


Throughout the year we have a number of events, please see our website for details.

Farmers market - Second Saturday every month
Fairy hunt – East holidays
Vintage fair – May / June
Maker’s fair – July
Night watch – October

A visit to King John’s nursery and garden is to step away from main roads and shopping centres to a calm space surrounded by birdsong and plant life; a place to be.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£6.50 per ticket
Under 16 yrsFree

Discounts and a tea and cake are available for group visits. Please contact us to discuss.



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Recent Reviews:

  • Liz c
    Trip Type:
    Not aware we had to pay to look around gardens
    3 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 22nd September 2019
    Met up with family for birthday treat expecting to enjoy gardens to be told it was £5 each on website free gardens Read full review
  • Reetpetite62
    Trip Type:
    Beautiful nursery in idyllic surroundings
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 28th October 2019
    Visited the nursery today and was amazed by the variety of plants available. Not only this but the decor and ambience was inspiring, classical music in the background made it feel like a retreat. I... Read full review
  • Val S
    First visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 23rd October 2020
    Went there on a Groupon voucher and was very pleasantly surprised. Home made cakes and scones and delicious sandwiches. The tea room was like a lovely old country cottage. There are tables to sit... Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A21. West off A21 at Hurst Green A265. At end of Hurst Green village turn right (Burgh Hill) then right again to Sheepstreet Lane. The garden is 1 mile on left. Or A21 at Flimwell to Ticehurst B2087. Turn left, past church, 1st left.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Etchingham. From station walk to Etchingham village. Turn right after church into Church Lane which leads to Sheepstreet Lane. Garden 1 mile on left.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Tea/coffee/lunch by arrangement.
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 02:00
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 60
  • Min group size - 10
  • Special group rates
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Smoking Some Areas

Specialist Features

  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

* Closed throughout January and February


Sunday, 25th July 2021 - Sunday, 25th July 2021

Tom's Midnight Garden ballet at King John's Nursery in Etchingham, East SussexTom's Midnight Garden - a midsummer balletOn 25th July a midsummer ballet of the wonderful childrens book Tom's Midnight Garden will be performed in the beautiful King John's Nursery.
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