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Abbey House Gardens

      
Malmesbury Wiltshire England
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With 1300 years of history, the first King of England buried somewhere in the garden, two saints thrown down the well, and now one of the great gardens of the world. The spirit of the place shines through and could be the best garden visit you ever make.

Where the Cotswold meets the West Country, featured on many TV programmes, this truly spectacular 5 acre garden - which helps to maintain a safe and social distance - beside the 12th century Abbey Church in the centre of Medieval Malmesbury and straddling the River Avon has brought praise from around the world. 

www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk

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Upton House and Gardens

      
Banbury Oxfordshire England
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A made to measure home

 


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Bourton House Garden

         
Moreton-in-the-Marsh Gloucestershire England
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As featured on BBC2 Gardener's World August 2019 - "it's special, probably one of the best summer gardens I have ever seen" – Adam Frost, presenter

 


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Kelmscott Manor

         
Lechdale Gloucestershire England
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The Manor will be closing at the end of August 2019 for National Lottery Heritage Funded restoration and improvement works. This will start in October and will proceed throughout 2020. We plan to reopen in May 2021 which will be the 150th anniversary of William Morris coming to Kelmscott Manor for the first time.


 '...a heaven on earth...'

Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational country home of William Morris; poet, designer, craftsman, socialist and founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement. This Grade I listed house was loved by Morris as a survival of traditional craftsmanship in harmony with the surrounding landscape, inspiring many of his most important designs and writings.

The grade I listed Elizabethan house was built as a farmhouse around 1600 for the prosperous farmer Thomas Turner, and extended in the 1660's. William Morris signed a joint lease with the Pre-Raphaelite painter-poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1871 and he found its atmosphere and secluded setting 'very stimulating to the imagination', for the rest of his life it was a source of profound pleasure and creativity.

Today the Manor welcomes thousands of visitors from across the world every year to experience the same beauty and sense of history. Visitors will find an outstanding collection of unique furnishings chosen by Pre-Raphaelite painter-poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and pieces from each of Morris' London homes. The iconic portrait of William's wife, Jane Morris by Rossetti, The Blue Silk Dress hangs in the White Room. Morris's wife Jane and daughter May are also vivid presences at Kelmscott Manor, which contains many examples of their beautiful and accomplished needlework; much of this was designed by May, who was a significant designer in her own right. It is perhaps the most evocative of all the houses associated with Morris. The domestic charm and ambience of the house is still retained, and visitors can draw inspiration from Manor and surrounding gardens.

An enchanting place within walking distance of the Thames Path, the Manor offers a lot to visitors both young and old. During the season we host several Activity Days including embroidery, drawing, miniature books and other crafts. We have house & garden trails for children aged 5 to 9 as well as an activity table in the attic with jigsaws and other puzzles.

The Manor is set in the beautiful village of Kelmscott near Lechlade, visitors will be able to view the gravestone of William Morris and his family designed by his friend, Philip Webb, in the churchyard of St George's Church. The Tearoom, with its delicious home-made meals and cakes, is a must, whilst the Shop is packed with decorative and unusual items ideal for gifts or mementoes.

The Manor is open every Wednesdays and Saturdays from April to October. Ticket office opens 10.30am; Manor House at 11am (last admission 4pm). Please visit our website www.kelmscottmanor.org.uk for more details. Contact us via Email: [email protected] or telephone 01367 252486.

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Mill Dene Garden

         
Moreton in Marsh Gloucestershire England
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Mill Dene Garden is hidden deep on the north scarp face of the Cotswolds.  It surrounds an old, pre-Norman water mill, with its pond and stream and is set in a tiny valley.

 
Barry and Wendy Dare fell in love with  a building that was falling down with  no garden.  They had no money and no experience of either restoration or horticulture, but learned on the hoof so to speak, whilst doing other jobs and raising children.
 
Their creation over a lifetime is there for everyone to enjoy: two and a half acres of interesting planting (Wendy recently judged at Chelsea); of surprises round every corner and a lot of fun.  Mill Dene has a tiny misty grotto in amongst the bog garden on the stream and a trick of the eye apparently extends the boundaries of the garden.   It is an exercise of making the most of a difficult site.  It is also an exercise in creating something beautiful in which to meditate, and which will nourish the senses.
 
 

e mail : [email protected] 
 
Telephone 01386 700457
 
 
 
 
 

 

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