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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

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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Featured Attraction

Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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