Parks, Farms & Gardens
Distance from farm: 12.2 miles
Brideswell is a registered charity which acts as a mental health recovery service. They provide social and therapeutic horticulture in a working walled garden. Built in the 1880’s the garden had fallen into disrepair during WW1. Today it is an unexpected Cotswold gem brimming with creative planting, fruit cages, raised vegetable beds, ponds and a know garden. There’s also 5 acres alongside the walled garden which is used to grow an organic vineyard, this produces an award winning sparkling wine well worth a try!
Distance from farm: 14.2 miles
The wood garden is set in 60 acres of beautiful private woodland. It has a large notable collection of plants, unusual trees and shrubs with a wide selection of lilies and other bulbs. There’s an extensive network of paths giving hours of opportunity to explore. There’s a woodland pavilion for light refreshments or you are welcome to bring a picnic. They put on a number of memorable events throughout the year.
Distance from farm: 15.2 miles
Sulgrave Manor & Garden
Manor Rd, Sulgrave, Banbury OX17 2SD
Tel: 01295 760205
Phone: 01295 760205
In 1914 some rather influential people of the day funded the purchase and restoration of Sulgrave Manor. The ancestral home of the family of George Washington, the First President of the United States of America.
It aims to provide and support education in areas relevant to Sulgrave Manor and most importantly for its historic role in the history of Anglo-American relations and to the history, literature and institutions of the United States. Alongside these aims it exists to promote Friendship and goodwill between the British and American people.
Bourton House Garden
Tel: 01386 700754
Bourton House Garden, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire, GL56 9AE
Open 10a.m – 5p.m Tuesday – Friday April – October (closed Easter weekend and bank holidays
Bourton House Garden is quite an exceptional award winning garden which has an imaginative topiary which includes a knot garden, parterre and a topiary walk. There are magnificent wide herbaceous borders with many rare and unusual exotic plants all of which are watered through local springs. Gift shop and cafe, no pets or picnics. Advance booking is essential.
Distance from farm: 21.8 miles
Stowe House is a Grade I listed country house, It is also home to Stowe School.
With areas created by ‘Capability’ Brown, you’ll find picture-perfect views, winding paths, lakeside walks. The temples add to create a timeless landscape, reflecting the changing seasons. Full of hidden meaning, the gardens were created as an earthly paradise and still cast their spell today. The sheer size and space is perfect for those who love the outdoors and enjoy walking. Another world awaits. There are free introductory gardens guided tours Bring a picnic and find the ideal pot among temples, lakes and valley. The 750 acres of parkland that surround the gardens are extensive areas of of man-made landscaping. Making use of trees, hills and lakes to manipulate the views. Grand avenues, secluded woods and monuments dot the parkland. Hidden treasures lie within and many are easy to miss on a visit to the gardens.
Distance from farm: 21.8 miles
Kiftsgate Court & Gardens
Tel: 01386 438777
Kiftsgate Court & Gardens, Chipping Camden, Gloucs, GL55 6LN
Open April – September various opening times per month
Kiftsgate gardens are series of interconnecting gardens, each with their own distinct secrets and character, ideal in all seasons spectacularly set on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment. The gardens were created in the 1920 by Heather Muir. they are a delight to the senses and there’s something of interest to bring you back. The upper gardens are planted to supply harmonious colour schemes whilst the sheltered garden recreates an atmosphere of warmer climates. there is also a contemporary water garden which provides tranquillity and contrast to the excitement of the flower gardens. Light lunches and teas available
Ditsance from farm: 21.9 miles
Charlecote Park is a rather grand 16th-century country house which is surrounded by its own deer park. Located on the banks of the River Avon near Wellesbourne, approx 4 miles east of Stratford-upon-Avon and 5.5 miles south of Warwick.
Still owned by the Lucy family home after 900 years Explore the vision of the Victorian owners George Hammond Lucy and his wife, the formidable Mary Elizabeth, who extended their home and filled it with treasures from their European travels. Discover more about the collection brought together by many generations of the family whose tastes, lifestyle and varied fortunes are all reflected here. Nowadays the kitchen springs to life in cooking and costume. Across the courtyard you can explore the laundry and brewhouse and discover the stables which house the family’s carriage collection.
Stroll through the gardens, from the formal parterre over to the shady woodland garden which includes rare plants. The borders are full of colourful herbaceous plant. Stroll around the gardens and you’ll find the gardeners at work all year round. They’ll tell you more if you want to chat. There’s always something to discover in the gardens whenever you visit. Snowdrops and jewel-pink cyclamen are in flower in the coldest days, soon followed by yellow eranthis popping out of fozen soil in the borders. Scented shrubs like mahonia and viburnum will lift your spirits in winter, you’ll often be aware of the perfume before you see the flowers. Be entranced by rare and unusual shade-loving plants and ferns in this tranquil haven. Their hellebore collection here begins flowering in January and continues until April.
You can see how the Lucy family influence still prevails in the gardens today with the topiary in Green Court. The present baronet, Sir Edmund Fairfax-Lucy created the formal design based on mathematical relationships between the house, the gatehouse and this lawned forecourt. It always looks stunning on any day. If you buy anything from their Avenue Plant Centre next to our car park, you can be sure that it will be providing funds for them to care for Charlecote’s borders and gardens.
Distance from farm: 22 miles
Snowshill Manor and Garden
Snowshill, near Broadway, Gloucestershire, WR12 7JU
Snowshill is condisered by some neither a museum nor a home, but one large treasure trove of delights, a unique and wonderful house. Each room is filled with hundreds of objects, from model boats and scary Samurais, to toys and an attic filled with old bikes. Each room has a name, a theme and a certain purpose, without ever taking away from the interesting architectural details and features of this three-story manor.
The Manor is unchanged to this day, a treasure trove of curiosities. No labels or spotlights, just their friendly room guides that will happily tell you more, point out their favourite items and be on hand if you need any help.
Pitted as outdoor rooms, the garden provides an extention of former owner Charles Wade’s modest living quarters in The Priest’s House and the manor itself.The gardens take up two acres, it includes formal lawns, colourful borders and water features. Plenty of benches to sit down and take a moment throughout the garden.
Split into a number of ‘rooms’, the garden includes Armillary Court, home to the sphere on top of a stone pillar; The Jolly Roger, a small building which Wade used as his summer house; Well Court, home to the 24-hour garden clock; a cow-byre, dovecote and kitchen garden. Seasonal changes in the garden are spectacular. Springtime you’ll witness the beautiful blossom and a sea of daffodils in the orchard. The summer brings the wildlife out. Bees, butterflies and birds and it doesn’t escape the autumn colour in September and October. It’s also home to ‘Wolf’s Cove’, a reinstated model village (constantly a work in progress) and small orchard. It joins fields which is home to the populations of sheep and, in the spring, lambs.
Wander through 56 acres of wild gardens, paths and streams and marvel at stunning views across the Evenlode Valley beyond. Enjoy early colour from the snowdrops, spring-flowering bulbs and spectacular Japanese flowering cherries; escape the heat under the tree canopy in summer and prepare to be amazed by the outstanding autumn colour! You’ll find fabulous lunches, afternoon teas and cakes in the Garden Terrace Café where you can soak up the sun on the wooden deck. Browse the Garden Centre and pick up expert gardening tips – and everything you need for the garden and allotment – from the knowledgeable staff. The visitor centre is also home to the Gift Shop – full to bursting with hundreds of gift ideas you won’t find on the high street. Don’t forget to pay a visit to our resident Woodturner too! Dogs welcome.
Distance from farm: 26.2 miles
Hidcote Manor Garden
Tel: 01386 438333
Hidcote Bartrim, near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6LR
Last admission 5p.m
One of the country’s great gardens, Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts masterpiece in the north Cotswolds, very close to Stratford-upon-Avon. It was reated by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston. This 300 acre estate includes farmland, the Manor House and a small hamlet. The gardens are split into “rooms” which each have their own special and unique character many of which have unusual and rare plants from China and South Africa. Highlights include the beautiful pink flowering Magnolia Campbelli in the stream garden and the Handkerchief tree in the Garden Yard. There is a garden restaurant and a barn cafe, a National Trust shop selling local crafts, souvenirs and also a large plant centre. Picnic welcome and there are a number of events, talks and tours throughout the year.
Distance from farm: 27.2 miles
Waterperry gardens have 8 acres of landscaped ornamental gardens which were founded in the 1930’s as a school of horticulture. There are classic herbaceous borders stretch over 200 feet in lenght which produce glorious displays of colour and texture. There are formal gardens and also ornamental gardens, an alpine garden, a lily canal and island beds. There are a host of annual events and courses held here too. It is also home to a country life museum, a Saxon church and has a plant centre, garden shop, teashop and gift shop.
A late 18th-century house, set in enchanting landscaped grounds. There are extensive pleasure gardens that surround the house. To the west of the house, red-brick walls of the original kitchen garden now shelter the Four Seasons walled garden, bright with the blooms of spring bulbs, flowering trees and drifts of multi-coloured day lilies. To the east, woodland walks lead to one of Britain’s finest water gardens, an unusual marriage of Italianate formality with an English parkland landscape. To the south front of the house, the carriage drive sweeps away through mature woodland. To the north front of the house, the views take in the Little Lake and the Thames plain beyond. There’s splendid water garden that lies to the east of the house, reached by following the steps from the north terrace. A wonderful and expansive estate which also has a theatre.