Broughton Castle has been the home of the Fiennes family for the past 600 years, it was built in 1300 and greatly enlarged in 1550. It has a medieval Great Hall, splendid fireplaces, panelling, plaster ceilings, a collection of civil war arms and armour and a 3 acre moat.
The formal garden to the south features unusual fleur-de-lys shaped box hedges with Rose Grass, an Aachen and many other old fashioned varieties of shrub roses in the surrounding beds. In addition there are four herbaceous borders planted with shrub roses, shrubs and a variety of perennial plants.
The formal garden to the south of the house was laid out in 1890. The designer is not known, though Gertrude Jekyll is believed to have approved of the design. The remainder of the garden was re-designed and re-planted with guidance from Lanning Roper in 1970.
Stephen Lacey writes (Daily Telegraph Magazine) 'No wonder Simon Jenkins puts Broughton among England's top 20 historic houses. Although only a few miles from Banbury, the modern world seems to have passed this moated ensemble of golden stone, sitting in its own private valley, completely by. Here is a rose garden as intoxicatingly planted and framed - by walls, water, lawn and topiary - as any I have seen. Fuelling a heady atmosphere like this takes skill, especially year on year - judging how blowsy to let things get, how big the drifts should be, what self-seeding to allow. Too casual an approach and the place would look a mess; too much meddling and the romance would be killed. Somebody here knows what he is doing.'
Broughton Castle Opening Times for 2019 are 2-5pm (last admission
Every Sunday from April to September 2019
Every Wednesday from April to September 2019
Every Bank Holiday Monday from April to September 2019
Any day or time for booked parties & groups by prior arrangement.
On open days the tearoom is open from 2pm until 5pm offering tea, cake and much, much more! For private groups (by appointment) the tearoom offers hot drinks on arrival light lunches, hot lunches or suppers and a variety of afternoon teas.
Subject to availability the Castle is also able to accommodate filming, photoshoots and events.
For more information or to make a booking please contact:
The Administration Office
Oxfordshire OX15 5EB
Broughton Castle is nestled in beautiful landscaped parkland. It is a fourteenth century fortified manor house, enlarged in the sixteenth century and the home of the Fiennes family for over 600 years.
Visitors can see a medieval great hall, vaulted passages, magnificent plaster ceilings, fine panelling and fireplaces. The grounds include a moat and a formal walled garden plus herbaceous borders where soft romantic planting and masses of roses are among the highlights.
The house, garden, tearoom and shop are all open to the public from 2pm until 5pm (no admission to the house after 4.30pm) from 1st April until 30th September on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. The entry charges are £10 for adults, £9 for concessions and £6 for children.
Private groups may book on any day throughout the year by appointment.