Iford Manor Gardens
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 these Italianate gardens has been described as 'like stepping into another world', and is rated as Vogue’s fifth favourite garden to visit in the UK.
Occupied since Roman times, the secluded Iford valley (just 15 minutes from Bath's city centre) provides a welcome break from the pressures of modern life. Famed Edwardian garden designer Harold Peto made Iford Manor his home from 1899 to 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 as a family home, actively cared for and lived in by three generations of the Cartwright-Hignett family. One of the UK's leading Head Gardeners, Troy Scott-Smith joined the team in August 2019 from Sissinghurst, working closely with the family to extend the garden area further.
The garden provides inspiration to many, including gold-medal winning Jo Thompson whose 2019 RHS Chelsea show garden sponsored by Wedgewood has been inspired by Iford. Iford Manor Gardens was also a key location in the cinematic remake of The Secret Garden, starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters (currently in post-production).
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.