The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Mill Dene Garden

Someone once wrote that Mill Dene was a "serious garden with a sense of humour!!" Surrounding a very old watermill, and hugging the sides of a tiny valley, Mill Dene Garden really is hidden in the Cotswolds and is a place of beauty, tranquillity and rest.

The stream behind the house has an air of mystery with a misty grotto and shade plants. The herb potager has the village church as a backdrop and there are views over the hills to the Salt Way. The gentle sounds of water in rills and basins abound, as does scent, particularly along the Rose Walk. The feel of the garden is lighthearted with the use of mirrors, trompe l’oeil, concealment and surprise apparently altering the boundaries and size of the garden.

After gardening here for 45 years, Wendy is attempting to do what so many others are trying: to adapt the garden to be more easily managed. Come and see how she is progressing.

Seen on ITV 'Love your Garden' July 2013 and BBC Countryfile. Sunday Telegraph: Oct 2015 On list of Ten best Herb Gardens in England.

Fact File

Opening Times: May to end of June then all September. Now only open for visits by arrangement, for groups of any size. Open to all for Charity openings eg NGS, Cobalt, various days. See website for details.
Admission Rates: £10 per head, Concessions £7 Children 5-15years, £4, includes a free garden trail. Talk by owner £25. Includes a map suggesting a route and free booklet telling the garden story.
Disabled Access: Hilly site, all slopes have steps and grab rails. 50% accessible by wheelchair. WC requiring 4 paces.
Toilets on site: Yes
Car Parking: Yes – but limited.
Length of Visit: 2.5 hours
Special Events: See website
Booking Contact: Wendy Dare.
Location: Take the Blockley turn off the A44 at Bourton on the Hill, take the first left behind the village gates which is School Lane. Coaches, ring ahead , wait at top of School Lane to unload then park where directed.

Updated: 07/12/2017

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