Matara's Gardens & Parklands

The Matara Centre is set on 28 acres. For the last 25 years Geoffrey, your host, has dedicated much of his time to the Gardens and Parklands here. Setting aside half of the land to rewilding there are now natural water, woodland and parkland habitats where deciduous plants and wildlife are thriving. He has also created magical, travel inspired, gardens throughout the property.

The pace of modern life can be overwhelming. Matara is an island of tranquillity that reflects the deeper, but sometimes overlooked, values of life. Matara offers you a chance to slow down and breathe. To feel and appreciate the fundamental joys of life opposed to thinking all the time.

We are delighted to be able to re-open our Parklands & Woodlands to the public after the government announcements on May 10th 2020. Please follow the link below to book an arrival time to help us aid in practicing social distancing.


Formal Gardens

The most renowned formal garden at Matara is the Cloistered Courtyard, where many of the weddings are held. Inspired by Chinese courtyards and replete with Koi carp it is spectacular in every season. You are encouraged to come and explore the grounds. Discover for yourself the Palm House, Kitchen Garden, a re-imagined Stableyard and the Rose Garden, alongside so much more.


Matara's Parklands are a treasure trove of flowers and fauna. With over 1,500 trees planted in the past 25 years, the introduction of 3 ornamental ponds and the renaturalisation of the woodlands there is always something new to discover.

Matara's Restorative Gardens

We believe in the power of gardens as a restorative practice towards a sense of vitality and well being. Like many, we believe that self healing can be achieved through immersion in nature. It is with these beliefs we develop and maintain our gardens and parklands creating a restorative environment to rest, renew and connect people and place.

Matara's Habitats

With the returning of 50% of the land to nature at Matara four major habitats have been re-established. These are now teeming with fauna and flora.

"Perspective means taking a step back and

realising that we are all just little fish in a very big pond."

Steve De Masco