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Iford Manor: The Peto Garden


Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley, paths in the award-winning, Grade I listed Peto Garden twist and turn around ancient statues, columns, terraces and architecture. Combined with ebullient planting schemes, you will be drawn on in anticipation of the next delightful view. Steeped in history, a visit to the tranquil, Italianate gardens has been described as 'like stepping into another world' and is rated as Vogue’s fifth favorite garden to visit in the UK.

Occupied since Roman times, the secluded Iford valley (just 15 minutes from Bath centre) provides a welcome break from the pressures of modern life. Famed Edwardian garden designer Harold Peto made Iford Manor his home from 1899-1933, having been seduced by its Georgian façade beside the babbling River Frome. Peto set about creating the magnificent, Grade I listed gardens that you see today, a showcase of his abilities as a designer. Set in two-and-a-half acres, this steep, terraced, garden offers wonderful views over the Frome valley, especially enjoyed from the casita, loggia and cloisters. In amongst the terraces and cypresses you will find Peto’s vast collection of urns, statues and sarcophagi. 

Today the manor and gardens remain in private hands, actively cared for and lived in by two generations of the Cartwright-Hignett family.

A selection of drinks and homemade cakes and biscuits are available to visitors. Homemade cream-teas are also available at weekends accompanied by a selection from Iford Manor’s own loose-leaf teas.

Please note that Iford Manor itself is not open to the public.

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