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Iford Manor: The Peto Garden

Iford Manor, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2BA, England
+44 1225 863146
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Am I in the West Country or West Sicily? Who Knows!!!!!!

Absolutely divine, I honestly don't know where to start. Cycling has been my passion since i was... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2018
Sam-Jared C
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Italian gardens in Wiltshire ! excellent visit and you will not be disappointed lovely location and... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
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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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“italian style” (8 reviews)
“cake” (8 reviews)
“cream tea” (8 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Iford Manor, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2BA, England
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

Absolutely divine, I honestly don't know where to start. Cycling has been my passion since i was yay high, (wishing you could see how small I was) Normally I cycle through but being that I go so fast I can never take in the mesmerising,...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Italian gardens in Wiltshire ! excellent visit and you will not be disappointed lovely location and very peaceful. We were shown around and the history is also very interesting on Iford manor.

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

Thanks so much for your generous review. I really hope you'll come back again next season when the sun's out!

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Was on a walk around the village and called in to see the gardens, thought it was a bit expensive for what it is, but still worth a visitMore

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2018

Hi Applegate69, Thanks for your review. Always good to hear from our visitors, and to get feedback on pricing. I confess I was a little surprised to see a review come in now (December) as we're shut from the end of October through to March...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

This old manor is set in famous Italianate gardens, the setting for the famous Iford Arts performances by renowned musicians. Open throughout the summer season, with a courtyard 'tearoom' serving excellent home and locally-baked scones, cakes, pastries, and set on the banks of the young...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Hi Wil B, Thanks for your review - glad you enjoyed your time at Iford and we hope to see you next year when we reopen in April, with new opening times 11-4pm Wednesday through to Sunday. All the best. Will & the Iford Team

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

Although just over three miles from the outskirts of Bath Harold Peto's garden at Iford Manor feels like a well hidden secret, especially if you approach along the narrow lane from the A36. The end of the lane crosses a marvellous stone bridge which dates...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2017

Hi Steve, Thanks very much for your lovely review - really glad you enjoyed your visit. It sounds like you came on a day when we were deconstructing from the opera season (end of May to start of August), but if you want to see...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

A great place to visit from London. Amazing hosts, incredible history + garden, delicious scones & tea. We stopped off on a cycle tour. Just wonderful!! Can't recommend Iford enough - look forward to tasting the cider next time!More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thanks NatalieVienna, for your kind words, and for stopping by on your cycle trip. Really glad you enjoyed your cream tea - perfect for building strength before the climb back out of the valley again...! Yes, do try the Iford Cider next time - we...More

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Lovely garden, great food. A pleasure to visit such a peaceful place, staff were friendly and helpful. And a bargain to boot. I would definitely visit again.

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thanks Runnner55, what a lovely review - thanks so much. I'm really glad you enjoyed your visit to Iford and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

Beautiful garden and house steeped in history set on the banks of the River Frome it is quintessentially in many respects, with a hint of Italian Renaissance and Roman artefacts. A relaxing experience made more enjoyable by the tea garden and accompanying delights which even...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Hi totoisacat, Thank you so much for your kind words. It's very much a family affair here at Iford, and we try to encourage an open and friendly approach to the heritage we maintain in everything we do, whether that's opera or concerts in the...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Saturday 29th July 17, my husband and I decided to go to visit Iford Manor Gardens – the home of Harold Peto, the famous garden architect. This Grade 1 Italian-style garden is famous for its tranquil beauty and was the home of architect and designer...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

What a wonderful and comprehensive review - thank you so much. I'm glad that we could provide you with a stop-off on your journey home, and I'm also really thrilled that you clearly connected with the history and atmosphere of this extraordinary place. Just as...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Spent all three open hours in the gorgeous gardens. Loads of steps but plenty if alternate zig zag paths too. Don't be fooled by the accessibility advice on website though, you really can't do this in a wheelchair. Hubby was on temporary crutches, so we...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

Hi Beccib21, and thanks so much for your kind words. We're really glad you enjoyed your visit. The accessibility information on the website has been developed with the assistance of an accessibility expert, but certainly each person's needs are very different. About 50% of the...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
3 June 2017|
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Thanks. Just enquired and they are.
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Tony616
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Response from Will C | Property representative |
Please see our website, (it won't let me post links, sorry) where you can download our accessibility map in addition to finding some guidelines. Click on Peto Garden, then there's an Accessibility link on the left... More
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