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Iford Manor: The Peto Garden

Iford Manor, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2BA, England
+44 1225 863146
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Small hillside garden

This garden is set into the hillside so has quite a few steep paths. There is a tea room but not... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tangoj63
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Idyllic spot

The lanes to the garden are very narrow so watch how you go. The setting of the garden is lovely... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Irene R
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Chacombe, null, United Kingdom
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Internationally renowned, Grade 1 listed, Italianate gardens designed by Harold Peto, who made Iford his home from 1899-1933. Characterised by terraces, pools, statuary cloisters and remarkable rural views, the garden is an archetype of its period and a historic design gem. The present owners have restored and today maintain the historic gardens and the ethos of their original designer through modern borders blended with historic plantings, and today welcome visitors to their home five days a week, with coach visits available outside normal hours. A housekeeper's tearoom serves homemade cakes and light refreshments at weekends and there is a cake-of-the-day during weekdays at the entrance desk. The gardens are steeply terraced, partially accessible to disabled visitors, who are recommended to call ahead for assistance. The gardens are not well suited to children because of unfenced ponds and other hazards. The owners are keen to protect a tranquil environment for visitors.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Iford Manor, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2BA, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This garden is set into the hillside so has quite a few steep paths. There is a tea room but not many seats in the actual garden and none in the shade that were vacant when we came on a very sunny hot day. There...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The lanes to the garden are very narrow so watch how you go. The setting of the garden is lovely, peaceful and tranquil. There are a lot of steps to negotiate so not disabled friendly.However for the more nimble the gardens are a delight.Lots to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A superb Sunday morning's stroll around this amazing treasure trove of a Italian Renaissance garden. Everywhere you look there is some other wonder to behold. From the dying Gaul on top of the entrance to the kitchen garden to the 3rd century sarcophagus or the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely walk through the gardens in the sunshine. Some areas feel like a secret garden as they are lovely and quiet. Great range of plants and wildlife to look at, as well as historic statues.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been To Iford Manor many times over the years and I still find that it gives me great joy to visit. The manor is located in a beautiful green valley a few miles out of Bath. The layout of the garden is really...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We're delighted that Iford continues to delight, and really appreciate that you took the time to let us know. We try our best to maintain Harold Peto's designs at Iford with as much sensitivity to continuity as...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Years ago this was a really attractive garden and one could easily appreciate Peto's own interpretation of Italianate styling. Sadly, in my opinion, there is plenty of evidence nowadays of inadequate funding and lack of direction. Overgrown with Ivy and weeds, crumbling steps, trip hazards...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These are beautifully tended gardens created on terraces are stunning, considering the heatwave, there were still many plants in flower. The staff are very helpful. The hand drawn plan could be improved upon! We enjoyed exploring all the different areas and spent an enjoyable couple...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Wisteria-10, thanks for your comments and kind words about the garden which has indeed been a bit of a battle in the heatwave! I totally agree that the hand-drawn map could be improved on and we have that on the list for next year...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Idylic location ,so tranquil and a real escape from the world.We visited when the headwave had devastated the lawns and many flowerbeds had suffered in the heat .However a pleasure to wander around this unspoilt gem.We had no problem with the photocopied garden plan.The lady...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your kind words about the garden and the tranquillity of the valley. We have all had to be very forbearing this year with the lack of water - we had 10 weeks without rain, and felt that even though we don't have a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As you approach Iford Manor you come cross this idyllic setting, the manor, cottages, open fields and the bridge over the River Frome. It felt as if you had gone back in time with a couple of families paddling in the river. The car park...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you to Iford again in the future. Why not try visiting in the last week of May, when traditionally the wisteria is at its...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the Peto Gardens with an elderly friend, on14 July. On arrival we paid our tickets and Were given a very poorly photocopied plan of the gardens and terms and conditions of entry ( you cannot read most of the 16 points). We were...More

Thank Sara W
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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Sara, Thanks for your comments. Sorry you had a challenging time in the garden, which is on a steeply terraced hillside with a lot of steps. Harold Peto's (Grade 1-listed) design blends a very natural loose feel into the more formal structure, and this...More

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Anna R
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Response from Elaine B | Reviewed this property |
As the gardens are all outside spaces it should be fine. It really depends on the age of your children, if they are easily bored this may not be the ideal place, as it is very tranquil and peaceful, although there were... More
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jan1956Cardiff
12 January 2018|
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Response from Will C | Property representative |
Hi, sorry for the late reply, but thankfully the responses pointed you in the right direction. We reopen on Easter Day, 1 April 2018. As for dogs... yes, very welcome on leads. all the best.
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Andrew S
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Thanks. Just enquired and they are.
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