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Historic House:The Gibberd Rooms at The Gibberd Garden

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Historic House

The Gibberd Garden

The Gibberd Garden


Marsh Lane,
Gilden Way,
CM17 0NA


Sir Frederick Gibberd bought the house at Marsh Lane, Harlow, in 1957, and being denied planning permission to demolish and rebuild it (located as it still is, in the green belt) he embarked on a radical transformation of the original building. The landscape character of the site, then largely a wilderness, consciously influenced the design of the remodelled house.

“When the house was rebuilt I extended it along the contours and replaced the hard red tiles by brown ones which have gathered moss. Now it sits more easily into the slope of the ground and from the top path only the roof is seen and this, with a stretch of the imagination, might be an earth mound.” (Sir Frederick, 1978)

This extension - housing a large and stylish living room, with full height picture windows overlooking his sublime garden - is now the home of the Gibberd Rooms, open to the public on timed entry on Sunday afternoons, from April to September each year.

The rooms are conserved as they looked in the 1960’s, with original furniture and fittings, including ephemera, objets d’art , models of some of Gibberd’s projects and his own library and archive. Expert volunteer guides are on hand to explain the rooms, and to give visitors an idea of Sir Frederick and Lady Gibberd’s life.

“Theories on garden design abound but it all rests on the imagination. Ben Weaver, a retired mason, used to help me and he would say “Come vision it, mister.” “Visioning” is what it all comes down to in the end.” (Sir Frederick, 1978)

Baby changing facilitiesCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Opening details

Garden, Shop and Barn Tearoom open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, Bank Holiday Mondays, 2-6pm, April - September. The Gibberd Rooms, Sir Frederick's former home, is open on Sundays, 3-5pm by timed ticket throughout the season.


By pass only (obtainable at the shop) £1 (no concession) all children free



Plan route to The Gibberd Garden using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 483125  Lat: 51.79169 Long: 0.14987

By Road:
From M11, jct 7 take the A414 to Harlow. Go through 3 roundabouts and turn right at 4th onto B183 (brown signposted Gibberd Garden). Go through 2 more roundabouts and at end of long straight road turn left onto single lane.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
    • YesSolid ie tarmac / concrete etc
  • field - grass

  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesRamp


  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children


Only light refreshments are provided.