Bourton House Garden

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Gardens)

GL56 9AE
01386 700754

Winner: Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2013 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' (silver award).



oxf bourton 0This award-winning three acre garden surrounds a fine 18th century Manor House and Grade I listed 16th century Tithe Barn. It is a garden of surprises and contrasts; tranquil in spring and flamboyant in the summer months. Bourton House Garden is as famous for its imaginative topiary, which includes a knot garden, topiary walk and parterre, as its magnificent wide herbaceous borders filled with rare, unusual and exotic plants in stunning colour combinations. The garden also features a unique Shade House, a serene White Garden, several water features (including a raised basket pond from The Great Exhibition of 1851) and many creatively planted pots. The garden is beautiful at any time of the year but absolutely glorious in the summer months. You will find many ideas to inspire you and many reasons to return!

Trip Advisor Comments
Here are some of the recent Trip Advisor comments:
'This is a beautiful garden, with spectacular herbaceous borders and an array of wonderful, vibrant colours.' (July 2018)
'Picture perfect English garden heaven!' (August 2018)
'Such a pleasure to be allowed into this very private garden.' (August 2018)

Bourton House – A brief history
Bourton House (along with its Brewhouse, Coach House and Stables) has its origins in the 16th century. The Tithe Barn in its grounds bears a dedication stone dated 1570, with the initials RP for then owner Richard Palmer. The house was rebuilt as a foursquare Jacobean house by the eminent lawyer, Sir Nicholas Overbury in 1598. At the beginning of the 18th century, the house was once again rebuilt by Alexander Popham, the grandson of a Cromwellian general. The house was taken down to its lower ground floor but the towers retained and the slit windows replaced by generous Georgian sash windows. The architect is unknown. The house has remained unchanged for three hundred years. Bourton House Garden first opened to the public on a single Sunday in 1987 for the NGS. Twenty years later, the garden was presented with the prestigious HHA/Christie's 'Garden of the Year' award. In 2010, the house and garden once again changed hands. The new owners, decided to continue the tradition of opening the garden to the public. The garden continues to evolve and develop in the capable hands of Head Gardener Jacky Rae, assisted by Gareth Griffiths and Tom Benfield.

Admission Information
Open to the public every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday April to October
10am to 5pm
Admission £5 in April (under 16 free) Admission £7 May – October
Groups are welcome Monday to Friday, but advance booking is essential.
Tea/Coffee and delicious home-made cakes and lunches are available in the Tithe Barn from the beginning of May to the end of September. You will also find an interesting selection of cards and gifts throughout the season.

Field Walk
There is a walk in the pasture opposite the garden to view the groups of specimen trees planted in 1994-1995. Admission to the walk and a copy of the guide are included with admission to the garden.

Just Four plus One – Art Exhibition in the Tithe Barn 11th-15th June 2019
Just Four contemporary artists are a group of four female artists who thrive on painting and working together. They are Jenny Hill Norton, Anthea Stilwell, Sophie Bartlett and Jo Ellis. Jenny says, 'Our work is all about experiencing a place or object, not about representing it.' Craig Narramore joins them and his unusual sculptural pieces add a unique 3D dynamic to the work on show.

Charity Open Days
Sunday 11th August – in aid of National Garden Scheme
Garden and Tea Room open 10 am to 5pm
Sunday 18th August Village Open Gardens 1pm – 5pm

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