Gifted to the people
When Stephens died, he left the house and grounds to ‘the people’ and today you can enjoy the gardens (7am-8pm seven days a week), the museum (2pm-4.30pm Tue-Thur), the house (9am-5pm Mon-Fri, but by arrangement only) and Bothy Gardens (10am-1pm Fridays only, but look out for their Open Sundays on the events page, under the What’s On section of the site, where the ‘bothy gardeners’ open the grounds one Sunday of every month). It’s best to double-check for any variations before you visit here
For those into dendrology (the study of trees) the garden also boasts a rare and unique collection of trees, a full list of which can be seen here
With 10 acres (the equivalent of 7,5 football fields) of grounds to explore, including a pond and playground – and with bikes and dogs allowed (see here) Stephens House and Gardens is a perfectly chilled, family-friendly destination.