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Iford Manor – The Peto Garden

Romantically sited overlooking the valley of the River Frome, close to Bradford-on-Avon, Iford Manor is built into the hillside below a hanging beechwood and fine garden terraces.

The house was owned during the first part of the last century by Harold Peto, the architect and landscape designer who taught Lutyens, and who expressed his passion for classical Italian architecture and landscaping in an English setting. After many visits to Italy he acquired statues and architectural marbles. He planted phillyrea and cypress trees and other Mediterranean species to add to the plantings of the eighteenth century and to enhance the Italian character of the garden.The wisteria sinensis in late May / early June is a particular highlight. Under the guidance of garden designer Alison Jenkins.

Iford is undertaking a major border replanting along the great terrace, and a restoration of Harold Peto's historic rose borders, offering visitors a renewed vision into Peto's world.

Picture: Philip Pearce

Fact File

Opening Times: April to September: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun, BH Mon, 2-5pm. October: Sundays only.
Admission Rates: Adults £5.50, Senior Citizen £5.00, Child under 10 free.
Group Rates: Groups by appointment only; especially welcome outside normal hours for exclusive use (£6 flat rate)
Facilities: House Keeper’s Cream Teas at weekends. Cake “du jour” on weekdays. Group refreshments by arrangement.
Disabled Access: Yes, Toilet and parking for disabled on site.
Tours/Events: By appointment
Coach Parking: Yes.
Length of Visit: 1-11/2 hours
Booking Contact: Mr William Cartwright-Hignett
Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 2BA
Telephone: 01225 863146
Email: info@ifordmanor.co.uk
Website: www.ifordmanor.co.uk
Location: Follow brown tourist signs to Iford Manor:- 7 miles south of Bath on A36 Warminster Road & 1/2 mile south of Bradford on Avon on B3109.