Bourton House Garden

A secret garden in the Cotswolds

Bourton House Garden is one of the Cotswolds best kept secrets; an exquisite three-acre private garden surrounding the 18th century Manor House that sits at its heart. Located in the village of Bourton-on-the-Hill and surrounded by beautiful Cotswolds countryside, the garden offers magnificent wide herbaceous borders, generously planted terraces with outstanding views and many creatively planted pots as well as serene spaces for quiet reflection such as the Knot Garden with its ivy arbours and raised basket pond and a tranquil White Garden. The garden is beautiful in any season but particularly fine in the summer months and early autumn when the herbaceous borders and terraces overflow with excitement and colour.
Extensive use of half-hardy and tender plants gives a very prolonged season with plenty to enjoy in the garden until the first frosts. Imaginative and dramatic planting schemes are a signature feature of the garden and include many rare, unusual and exotic plants, giving the 'wow' factor in abundance. Bourton House Garden also offers imaginative topiary, several water features and a unique Shade House. Topiary is an essential part of the structure of the garden, echoing the classical lines of the house and providing a foil of restraint and formality against the flamboyance of the summer herbaceous borders. The Topiary Walk contains formal sphere, spiral and cone shapes opposite tall yew hedge panels topped with an 'ogee' arch; a theme repeated elsewhere in the garden in yew, trellis and metalwork. To the front of the house is an extraordinary Parterre with a wrought iron arbour at its heart where you can sit and admire the classical lines of Bourton House. The garden is not static but continues to develop year upon year, now under the direction of Head Gardener Jacky Rae and her small gardening team.

Bourton House Garden welcomes group visits (concessions available) and is close to many other 'must see' Cotswolds
attractions. Our magnificent Grade I listed 16th century Tithe Barn houses a Tea Room serving light refreshments and delicious home-made cakes (May to September) and specific catering can be arranged for groups - please contact us to discuss your requirements. There is also a shop in the Tithe Barn, selling gifts, cards and vintage collectables. All visitors to the garden can also enjoy a walk through our adjacent seven-acre field following a guide to the trees written by our former Head Gardener, Paul Nicholls.

Groups welcome (concessions available for pre-booked groups)
or ring 01386 700754 for more information


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