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.



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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      4.5 of 5 stars
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Gillian H
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 31st March 2023
      This is the most artistic garden centre you could ever imagine. Not so much your idea of the usual deadly place read SOUL. We all know Harry the owner, and admire the hard work he has put in to make... Read full review
    • angelafarrance
      Hastings, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Lovely place
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 30th April 2023
      Haven’t visited here since before covid, and it was just as beautiful, the gardens were a delight, it was peaceful and very quiet, we didn’t use the cafe but it’s in a lovely setting, only £5 today... Read full review
    • Nick H
      Trip Type:
      A wonderful find in the heart of East Sussex
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 11th June 2023
      A wonderful stop for a cream tea (or coffee) Lovely food, competitive prices and stunning gardens to explore. A big thank you to Harry and his staff for always making our visits special. 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

    2023 (11 Feb 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
    Monday - WednesdayClosed
    Thursday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

    * Closed throughout January and February. Closes at 4pm November - March, 5pm April - October.

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