We have 21 acres of gardens, water meadows and woods for you to enjoy during your stay. Centuries of landscaping have transformed the Valley of the River Nar into a historic pleasure garden. The kept gardens roll into the wild side in an elegant symphony of nature.
The diversity of our garden and wider grounds are a little slice of heaven. The River Nar flows right through our corner of the Brecks Countryside. It is one of the cleanest chalk streams in the UK, home to a busy underwater realm of fresh water mussels and crayfish. Chalk streams are also a globally rare habitat, confined to north west Europe and mainly to the UK. In fact, of the 200 or so chalk streams in the world, over 160 are found in England. Our stretch has been nominated a Site of Special Scientific Interest which means this species rich habitat is especially well preserved and therefore particularly idyllic. Picture rolling fields; gambolling lambs; unfettered birdsong; mature stands of oak, willow, ash and alder; floating water meadows; an elongated lake and ponds which host a huge range of biodiversity, from barn owls to march orchids, trout to dragonflies.
The lake at West Lexham was dug by hand in the 1700s. It was dug as part of Thomas Coke's Agricultural Revolution, which resulted in the floating or floated water-meadows here at West Lexham. The soil and flints that were dug out were used to build up the stunning terraced lawns in front of the Manor House and built the outbuildings.
Please come and enjoy the walks around the lake, take a boat out on the river, play a game of tennis or just soak up the sun.
“Thank you and all the staff at West Lexham for making our stay at West Lexham so enjoyable. The properties were exactly what we wanted. The surroundings were idyllic and so peaceful - a great change from busy London!
Thank you once again for helping to make my husband's 50th Birthday celebration so special.”