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“small but perfectly formed”

Iford Manor: The Peto Garden
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Found Iford Manor via Groupon, which without it I would of never known about this place. It does seem like its in the back of beyond in the deepest countryside but the setting is lovely. The garden may be smaller than other places, but it carries alot of history and I will definitely go back in the summer when the flowers are in bloom.

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Reviewed 10 March 2014

This garden is one of the gems of the West Country, situated just a few miles outside of the classic city of Bath. It is not to be missed!

It is a garden that is guaranteed to enchant you. We visit several times every year. It was designed and created by the legendary Harold Peto and has now been lovingly nursed back to near perfection by the resident Hignett Family.

It has everything from wondrous mature trees, genuine Italianate buildings, statues, ponds and grand terraces flanked by inspirationally planted borders. The river Frome passes close by and the entire garden is built into a steep wooded hillside. On a summers evening with the sun setting in the west there is no more beautiful place to be.

High quality refreshments are usually available and during the summer there is the Iford Festival. A programme of some 25 evenings of opera, performed in the round in the classically beautiful Cloister, and at least three evenings of remarkable jazz when usually at least two groups perform alternately. Picnicking in the garden is the order of the day on these occasions and is to be highly recommended. and make no mistake. the opera is of the highest possible international quality.If you have a musical bone in your body you will be blown away by the highly intimate experience of being in an audience of no more than 90 persons and having the mainly young performers sing and act their hearts out to you within touching distance.

A visit to this truly lovely unique garden and surrounding countryside is a memorable experience. It opens each year between April and September, (details on the Iford Manor web site), and if you can visit in May when the Wisteria is at its intoxicating full fragrance, you will have an experience that you will never forget.

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Reviewed 7 November 2013

The Peto Garden at Iford is just an amazing gem to have within walking distance of our home. If driving do take care with the narrow lanes that surround Iford! Throughout the summer there is the Tea 4 Three Concerts up at the Cloisters which are a delight and from end June to mid August there is the Iford Festival, featuring three operas and a variety of other musical entertainment. What a great.

And if you're looking for a great plant nursery nearby, just visit Downside Nurseries, at a stone's throw.

1  Thank TheNard
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We visited Iford Manor on our way to another place in the area. The road to this place was very narrow, we thought whether we are going the wrong way. But once we arrived at the place we realised that this is a real gem.
We only wandered in the garden and it is very well kept. It is a very beautiful place to take lots of photographs.
Small ponds, small water streams and statues are really something.

2  Thank roshithaaaa
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

The garden is not large however there is much of interest packed into it - statues, columns and various stone bits and pieces. These things are largely antiques or copies. Everywhere one looks there is a "romantic" view. We came from the picturesque village of Bradford on Avon and near to Iford Manor the road is, for a short way, challengingly narrow - glad no one was coming in the opposite direction or that I was not in a camper van! We visited on a weekend but I think it would be better on one of the weekdays when it is open, as too many people spoil the romance of it somewhat.

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