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 has undertaken a major border replant 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
Opening Times: April to September: Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, BH Mon, 11-4pm (Last entry 3.30pm)
October: Sundays only, 11-4pm (Last entry 3.30pm)
Admission Rates: Adults £6.00, Concessions £5.20, Child under 2 free
Group Rates: Groups by appointment only; especially welcome outside normal hours for exclusive use
(Contact office for details)
Facilities: Housekeeper’s Cream Teas at weekends. Cake “du jour” on weekdays. Group refreshments by arrangement.
Disabled Access: Partial step-free access. Please call in advance for information.
Tours/Events: By appointment
Coach Parking: Yes – by appointment only.
Length of Visit: 1-11/2 hours
Booking Contact: Mr Geoff Parkes (Administrator), Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 2BA
Telephone: 01225 863146
Location: Follow brown tourist signs to Iford Manor:- 7 miles south of Bath on A36 Warminster Road & 1 mile south of Bradford on Avon on B3109.