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Bourton House Garden

Address : Bourton-on-the-Hill
Town/City : Moreton-in-the-Marsh
County : Gloucestershire
Country : England
Post code : GL56 9AE
Phone : 01386 700754
Web Site :  www.bourtonhouse.com

As featured on BBC2 Gardener's World August 2019 - "it's special, probably one of the best summer gardens I have ever seen" – Adam Frost, presenter



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 and keeps on going and getting better and better through to the end of September/beginning of October - until the frosts. You will find many ideas to inspire you and many reasons to return!


Visitors Comments
"Fabulous interesting plants not seen in many gardens" (May 2019)
"Beautiful garden – wonderful combinations of colour and texture – love the topiary and sculpted hedges" (June 2019)
"Having been in the Cotswolds for the last 14 days and seen many gardens, this was the most beautiful!" (August 2019)
"Absolutely wonderful – even the 2nd time around" (August 2019)
"So good for an autumn garden. We were here last time in the spring." (September 2019)

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 £8 May – October
Groups are welcome Monday to Friday, but advance booking is essential.
Tea/Coffee and delicious home-made cakes and light 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.


Charity Open Days

Sunday 16th August – in aid of National Garden Scheme
Garden and Tea Room open 10 am to 5pm

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