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Bourton House Garden

         
Moreton-in-the-Marsh Gloucestershire England
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Winner: Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2013 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' (silver award).

 


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Kelmscott Manor

         
Lechdale Gloucestershire England
Description : 

The Manor will be closing at the end of August 2019 for National Lottery Heritage Funded restoration and improvement works. This will start in October and will proceed throughout 2020. We plan to reopen in May 2021 which will be the 150th anniversary of William Morris coming to Kelmscott Manor for the first time.


 '...a heaven on earth...'

Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational country home of William Morris; poet, designer, craftsman, socialist and founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement. This Grade I listed house was loved by Morris as a survival of traditional craftsmanship in harmony with the surrounding landscape, inspiring many of his most important designs and writings.

The grade I listed Elizabethan house was built as a farmhouse around 1600 for the prosperous farmer Thomas Turner, and extended in the 1660's. William Morris signed a joint lease with the Pre-Raphaelite painter-poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1871 and he found its atmosphere and secluded setting 'very stimulating to the imagination', for the rest of his life it was a source of profound pleasure and creativity.

Today the Manor welcomes thousands of visitors from across the world every year to experience the same beauty and sense of history. Visitors will find an outstanding collection of unique furnishings chosen by Pre-Raphaelite painter-poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and pieces from each of Morris' London homes. The iconic portrait of William's wife, Jane Morris by Rossetti, The Blue Silk Dress hangs in the White Room. Morris's wife Jane and daughter May are also vivid presences at Kelmscott Manor, which contains many examples of their beautiful and accomplished needlework; much of this was designed by May, who was a significant designer in her own right. It is perhaps the most evocative of all the houses associated with Morris. The domestic charm and ambience of the house is still retained, and visitors can draw inspiration from Manor and surrounding gardens.

An enchanting place within walking distance of the Thames Path, the Manor offers a lot to visitors both young and old. During the season we host several Activity Days including embroidery, drawing, miniature books and other crafts. We have house & garden trails for children aged 5 to 9 as well as an activity table in the attic with jigsaws and other puzzles.

The Manor is set in the beautiful village of Kelmscott near Lechlade, visitors will be able to view the gravestone of William Morris and his family designed by his friend, Philip Webb, in the churchyard of St George's Church. The Tearoom, with its delicious home-made meals and cakes, is a must, whilst the Shop is packed with decorative and unusual items ideal for gifts or mementoes.

The Manor is open every Wednesdays and Saturdays from April to October. Ticket office opens 10.30am; Manor House at 11am (last admission 4pm). Please visit our website www.kelmscottmanor.org.uk for more details. Contact us via Email: admin@kelmscottmanor.org.uk or telephone 01367 252486.

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Mill Dene Garden

         
Moreton in Marsh Gloucestershire England
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Mill Dene Garden is hidden deep on the north scarp face of the Cotswolds.  It surrounds an old, pre-Norman water mill, with its pond and stream and is set in a tiny valley.

 
Barry and Wendy Dare fell in love with  a building that was falling down with  no garden.  They had no money and no experience of either restoration or horticulture, but learned on the hoof so to speak, whilst doing other jobs and raising children.
 
Their creation over a lifetime is there for everyone to enjoy: two and a half acres of interesting planting (Wendy recently judged at Chelsea); of surprises round every corner and a lot of fun.  Mill Dene has a tiny misty grotto in amongst the bog garden on the stream and a trick of the eye apparently extends the boundaries of the garden.   It is an exercise of making the most of a difficult site.  It is also an exercise in creating something beautiful in which to meditate, and which will nourish the senses.
 
 
 
Telephone 01386 700457
 
 
 
 
 

 

Blenheim Palace

      
Woodstock Oxfordshire England
Description : 

HISTORY

Blenheim Palace is home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Conceived in 1705 by Sir John Vanbrugh, this unique Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture, built on Queen Anne's orders for John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. In his design for Blenheim Palace, Vanbrugh's aim was to house a national hero and to celebrate England's newly won supremacy over the French in a blaze of architectural glory to rival Versailles. Its function, therefore, was to be a monument, castle, citadel and private house  in that order. The splendour and tranquillity of the 2,100 acres of landscaped parkland and the Formal Gardens are unrivalled anywhere in Britain. The Palace interiors carefully balance the delicate with the awe-inspiring, from the imposing vastness of the Great Hall, to the intricate detailing of the State Rooms. Blenheim Palace was created a World Heritage site in 1987.

THE GARDENS

The gardens at Blenheim Palace are all-encompassing, and from the Secret Garden, the Italian Garden, the Water Terraces, the Pleasure Gardens (which include the Marlborough Maze), the Rose Garden, and the Arboretum, there is beauty to be found in all seasons. Sometimes, when a new house is built, the design of the grounds is left until later, but not at Blenheim Palace. Vanbrugh reported that the Garden Wall was set agoing the same day with the House. Beautifully restored, renovated and maintained by twelve permanent garden staff, led by Trevor Wood and his wife Hilary, who has worked at Blenheim Palace for over 25 years, the gardens are totally awe-inspiring in their apparently effortless style and splendour.


The Secret Garden

Marking the events of over three centuries of history, the gardens at Blenheim Palace must adorn over a million memories. In 2004, whilst planning a suitable project to mark the tercentenary of the Battle of Blenheim, His Grace, the 11th Duke of Marlborough, was reminded of his grandfather's remark: there is no building in Europe, except Versailles, which so perfectly preserves its original atmosphere. This led to the decision to bring his father's Private Garden
back to life, preserving the original layout but introducing new features, to be enjoyed by everyone.

Created four years after the house was opened to the public in 1950, this haven was designed as a romantic English garden. It had become completely overgrown and almost forgotten when its restoration was undertaken. Trevor Wood, the head gardener, replanted it and established new paths and water features in record time for the official opening in May 2004, creating a garden for all seasons. It was renamed the Secret Garden and five years on it has matured delightfully.

The Marlborough Maze

The Secret Garden is merely the most recent of many projects showcasing the Duke of Marlborough's inspired means to retain the magic at Blenheim Palace, and welcome a wide-range of visitors through the gates. Some twenty years ago, His Grace established a new hedge maze (the second largest symbolic hedge maze in the world at 1.8 acres), in a conscious effort to provide an entertaining garden for the younger visitors. It was particularly designed with elements of military symbolism celebrating the career of his illustrious ancestor, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and the victory for which this great house was his reward. The maze was constructed within the walls of the old kitchen garden (the only part of Vanbrugh's original construction to survive), once planted with espaliered fruit trees (pineapples, peaches, melons, eight different varieties of grape), and neat rows of vegetables, stocked by the royal gardener, Henry Wise. Fruit and vegetables are still grown within the grounds for the palace.

The Park and Rose Garden

At Blenheim the overriding legacy is Capability Brown's, and it is this setting which helped Blenheim Palace gain its World Heritage Site status. The landscape setting he devised in the 1760s provided a sublime form of beauty and harmony that every generation of the Marlborough family has endeavoured to preserve ever since. Glorious views were created both to and from the house, the finest of which is the majestic panorama observed on entering the Park through Hawksmoor's Triumphal Arch at Woodstock - the shimmering expanse of the lake, the Grand Bridge, and the dense canopy of trees on the rising ground beyond. Although Vanbrugh built the bridge, it was Brown who
provided a worthy setting by constructing a wide cascade dam and creating a lake unparalleled in size and beauty at the time. For a long period Brown's grassy landscape came right up to the steps of the Palace and prevailed largely untouched even though several smaller garden schemes came and went. Of these only one remains today, a circular Rose Garden created by John Winston, 7th Duke, and restored by Trevor Wood, the present Head Gardener.

The Italian Gardens and Water Terraces

John Winston also returned a degree of formality to the east front when he laid out a symmetrical Italian Garden in the 1860s, which still remains private, but can be seen from the raised public walkway. In the early 20th century the 9th Duke of Marlborough redesigned the Italian Garden on the advice of his French architect, Achille Duchne. Formal symmetrical scrollwork parterres in box and yew replaced the earlier scheme of carpet bedding after a new bronze fountain by the American sculptor, Waldo Story, had been installed. These box-hedges are kept in pristine condition - each of them trimmed using spirit-levels, and string, as well as many hours of dedicated hard work.

Duchne was also responsible for the Water Terraces on the west front, inspired by both Italian and French designs, creating a perfect link between Vanbrugh's baroque architecture and the informality of the Brownian landscape. In a vast engineering project undertaken from 1925-30, different shapes and levels of water were formed in each terrace, centred on an axis between the building and the lake.


As the present guardian of this great estate, including more than 80 acres of formal gardens, I am conscious that Blenheim Palace is not merely a residence for my family - its heritage, its scale and its beauty make it much more. The only English stately home designated a World Heritage Site it is unique amongst country houses and remains, as intended, a national monument in an exquisite setting, The Duke of Marlborough.

Telephone 01993 810500
www.blenheimpalace.com

 

Hidcote Manor Garden

      
Chipping Campden Gloucestershire England
Description : 

Memories don't get much better than those you will take away from Hidcote Manor Garden.

 


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