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Iford Manor: The Peto Garden

Iford Manor, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2BA, England
+44 1225 863146
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Superb gardens

This is a little hidden gem. Much more peaceful than most similar gardens. I guess this is because... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jim B
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Newbury, United Kingdom
Wonderful visit!

A wonderful, magical place, I strongly recommend a visit. The gardens are beautiful and they are... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Isabella S
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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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  • Average3%
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“italian style” (8 reviews)
“cake” (9 reviews)
“narrow lane” (6 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Iford Manor, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2BA, England
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a little hidden gem. Much more peaceful than most similar gardens. I guess this is because it's not National Trust. The gardens are an Italianate (Roman) style with a colonnaded avenue. The various water features look very natural as if fed by natural...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A wonderful, magical place, I strongly recommend a visit. The gardens are beautiful and they are set in idyllic countryside!!

Thank Isabella S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Delightful and unusual garden, not to be missed if in the area. Very reasonable entry charge. Approached by narrow lanes.

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

What a lovely review. Thank you so much, and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The several tiers of garden make for a very interesting tour through this very well laid out and designed garden. The lawns, Italian statuary, landscaping, and water features all make for a very interesting afternoon day out. We were fortunate to visit on a lovely...More

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

Hello, and thank you so much for your review. We're really glad you enjoyed the cakes and I hope we will see you again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfectly formed garden in the Italian style, built over some twenty acres of hillside behind the attractive and beautifully located Iford Manor. The approach roads are narrow lanes with barely enough room for one car at a time, but it is well worth the drive....More

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

Thank you for your review and your kind words. Although the roads are narrow, we like to think it adds to the sense of discovering a secret place! We're very glad you came and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not far from the madding crowds of Bath this magnificent garden lies just off the A36. Be warned that single lane road can be a bit hairy, drive with caution. The garden is on about 4-5 levels with nooks and crannies revealing ponds, statues and...More

Thank JonofWilson
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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your kind review - we are really delighted that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you will come back to see us again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely visit using gardeners world 2 for 1 entry. slightly harrowing single track journey from the main road, luckily we arrived at opening time (11am) so didn't meet anything in the narrow lane. the car park is a great size and a lovely location for...More

Thank Melissa R
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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Melissa R, Thanks so much for your review - we are really glad you enjoyed your visit and especially the peace and quiet of the Japanese garden, which was started in the early 20th Century by Harold Peto, and is now nearing completion in...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this Sunday with my partner. I am disabled (osteoarthritis in my knee) but I was able to climb the steps, albeit very slowly, and there are alternative paths which are less taxing, so I felt the owners/management had definitely made efforts to help less...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the gardens at Iford and a cream tea. It is very much a go-slow garden and as you say, we have tried to make it as accessible as possible...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunningly beautiful gardens, reasonable entry fee. Dog friendly. Perfect place to wander and reflect , so pleased we decided to visit. One slight disappointment with the tea shop facilities and lack of choice but led to believe a new cafe is on the cards.More

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

Grazie! Thank you so much for your review. We are indeed dog-(on-lead)-friendly, and we have just received permission from the local council to convert the stableyard into a new café, which will allow us to do lunch and a wider selection of items... currently it's...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The eclectic mix of Italianate and classic artefacts to be found around these gardens make it more than just a wander around borders and lawns.

Thank BathBellaG
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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks - glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Anna R
May 28, 2018|
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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
January 11, 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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