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Surrounded by quaint thatched cottages, a sparkling stream and endless green fiends, this is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
geminiadams
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Los Angeles, California
Beautiful gardens; delicious tea

The gardens are beautiful, if slightly small. The cloisters are a real highlight and it must be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Internationally renowned, Grade 1 listed, Italianate gardens designed by Harold Peto, who made Iford his home from 1899-1933. Characterised by terraces, pools, statuary cloisters and remarkable rural views, the garden is an archetype of its period...more
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Iford Manor, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2BA, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Surrounded by quaint thatched cottages, a sparkling stream and endless green fiends, this is england at its best. Away from all the modernisation and traffic, here you can slip back in time to the world of lunching ladies and gentlemen's bridge games. The grounds are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

According to the Iford Manor website it was reported that due to filming that the Manor would not be open to visitors the first week of July 2018. What was not clear from the website was that a rigging crew would be in attendance the...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Mystery Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review. I'm sorry to hear your experience was such a disappointment. Filming is an important part of enabling the use and appreciation of the gardens by as many people as possible. It assists with the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gardens are beautiful, if slightly small. The cloisters are a real highlight and it must be amazing to see the operas they put on there in the summer. The Italian style gardens were in very good condition, despite there being a heatwave when we...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words - we will pass on your comments to the team, in particular your appreciation of the just-baked scones. best wishes, Will

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a little hidden gem. Much more peaceful than most similar gardens. I guess this is because it's not National Trust. The gardens are an Italianate (Roman) style with a colonnaded avenue. The various water features look very natural as if fed by natural...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Jim, Really glad you enjoyed your time here - we try to focus on tranquil visits, so I'm really pleased that you appreciated Iford for its peaceful qualities. The water is indeed fed from a natural spring in the hillside. best wishes, Will

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful, magical place, I strongly recommend a visit. The gardens are beautiful and they are set in idyllic countryside!!More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Isabella - thank you for your really lovely review. Yes, you are right that the setting is all important to show off the jewel that is the garden itself - which is why we farm the valley in the way that we do. Hope...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Delightful and unusual garden, not to be missed if in the area. Very reasonable entry charge. Approached by narrow lanes.

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

What a lovely review. Thank you so much, and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 June 2018

The several tiers of garden make for a very interesting tour through this very well laid out and designed garden. The lawns, Italian statuary, landscaping, and water features all make for a very interesting afternoon day out. We were fortunate to visit on a lovely...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, and thank you so much for your review. We're really glad you enjoyed the cakes and I hope we will see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 June 2018

Perfectly formed garden in the Italian style, built over some twenty acres of hillside behind the attractive and beautifully located Iford Manor. The approach roads are narrow lanes with barely enough room for one car at a time, but it is well worth the drive....More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and your kind words. Although the roads are narrow, we like to think it adds to the sense of discovering a secret place! We're very glad you came and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 30 May 2018

Not far from the madding crowds of Bath this magnificent garden lies just off the A36. Be warned that single lane road can be a bit hairy, drive with caution. The garden is on about 4-5 levels with nooks and crannies revealing ponds, statues and...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review - we are really delighted that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you will come back to see us again soon.

Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Lovely visit using gardeners world 2 for 1 entry. slightly harrowing single track journey from the main road, luckily we arrived at opening time (11am) so didn't meet anything in the narrow lane. the car park is a great size and a lovely location for...More

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Will C, Owner at Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2018

Dear Melissa R, Thanks so much for your review - we are really glad you enjoyed your visit and especially the peace and quiet of the Japanese garden, which was started in the early 20th Century by Harold Peto, and is now nearing completion in...More

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Anna R
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Response from Elaine B | Reviewed this property |
As the gardens are all outside spaces it should be fine. It really depends on the age of your children, if they are easily bored this may not be the ideal place, as it is very tranquil and peaceful, although there were... More
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11 January 2018|
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Response from Will C | Property representative |
Hi, sorry for the late reply, but thankfully the responses pointed you in the right direction. We reopen on Easter Day, 1 April 2018. As for dogs... yes, very welcome on leads. all the best.
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