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Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, Bradford-on-Avon
(4.6/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Iford Manor sits at the foot of the idyllic Frome river valley. Occupied since Roman times, the site was light-industrial in nature until the demise of the wool industry around the turn of the 18th century.

The gardens were developed in the most-part by Harold Peto, who lived at Iford from 1899 until his death in 1933. The son of building engineer Sir Morton Peto, Harold was an architect and designer who designed many great gardens around Europe, drawing on influences from his many international journeys.

The gardens at Iford offer perhaps the best insight into Peto's mind, because here he could experiment on his own time, unencumbered by clients. Indeed, it was at Iford that Harold created his "Haunt of Ancient Peace", a quasi-mediaeval cloister, now used for the productions of opera and music (see www.ifordarts.co.uk).

The house and gardens sit within a farming estate run with a firm eye on conservation and ecological sustainability. Footpaths run the length of the valley providing beautiful walks through fields and along the river.

2013 Opening times

April to September: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun, BH Mon; 2-5pm

October: Sundays only; 2-5pm
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  • We very much enjoyed our walk around the gardens which are only open on Sundays in October and then close for the winter. There is a lot to see and some stunning vistas, and still some glorious colour...  more »
  • Iford Manor has beautiful gardens ,my husband & I spent a really lovely afternoon there , lots of nooks and crannies & don't miss the beautiful Cloister ( I think that's what you call it ) as we nearl...  more »
  • I was lucky enough to have a guided tour with the owner of this garden on Thursday morning as part of my HND in Horticulture. I was blown away by the authenticity of the restoration work carried out t...  more »