Iford Manor

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Near Lower Westwood, Bradford-on-Avon,
Wiltshire, BA15 2BA



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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Opening Times:
April to Sept: Tues - Thurs, Sat & Sun, Bank Holiday Mondays; 2pm - 5pm.
October: Sundays Only; 2pm - 5pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Coaches and other groups welcome, by appointment. Exclusive visits available out of hours. Guided tours available from owners or gardening team. Homemade refreshments available (loose leaf teas, coffees, cakes, etc.); evening drinks receptions also possible.

Group Appointment: Yes

Telephone or email to book.

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

23 April 2017, 2-5pm

Best Times of Year to Visit:

April Late May June - July August September October

To see:

Spring Flowers, Cherry Blossom Wisteria Summer terrace borders Evergreen designs Architectural planting, late borders Autumn colour

Admission Prices

Adult £5.50  Over 60s, Students and Children over 10 years:  £5.00, Under 10 - Free, must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Group rate: for out of hours rates, please telephone the office: 01225 863146

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: No
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: No
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Picnics only in river orchard car park. Housekeeper's Teas available at weekends (2:30-5pm); tea and cake during the week.  (All products are homemade or locally-sourced wherever possible, and we use fine leaf teas from www.ifordmanorteas.co.uk)

Garden Features & Events

Opera and Jazz Season from June to August: details from Iford Arts at www.ifordarts.co.uk Annual Butterfly & Wildlife Day: a day of nature discovery, especially for children (esp. 4-12 year olds): Sunday 25 June 2017

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Bradford on Avon has many B&Bs, hotels etc.


Bradford on Avon has many excellent restaurants

Inns & Pubs:

The New Inn, Westwood; The Inn, Freshford

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Bradford on Avon (2 miles); Bath (7 miles)

Description of Garden

This award winning Grade I Italianate garden, famous for its tranquility and beauty, was the home of Edwardian architect and landscape gardener, Harold Peto, from 1899-1933. Unique and romantic, he created the garden using his vast collection of architectural fragments on this steep sided wooded valley set beside the River Frome. Characterised by pools and terraces, statues, sculptures, evergreen planting and magnificent rural views, the garden also boasts a fine cloister and casita set among many plants of botanical interest.

The garden has been undergoing an historic replanting, from 2012-2017 and this has included the main terrace borders, and the continuing reestablishment of Harold Peto's roses through the garden.

History Of Garden

Iford has been occupied since Roman times. The Manor House sits by the Frome River in this steep-sided valley. Iford Manor is mediaeval in origin, the classical facade being added in the eighteenth century when the hanging woodlands above the garden were planted. In 1899, Harold Ainsworth Peto discovered Iford and the individuality of the garden owes everything to his inspiration and eye for combining architecture and plants.

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