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Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, Bradford-on-Avon

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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

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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  • Stunning gardens, thoughtfully set out and maintained and beautiful views over the lovely house and valley. Love the cloister. And delicious Iford tea after a walk round.  more »
  • Small but beautiful. In a lovely setting .well worth a late spring or summer visit . Excellent cream teas also .  more »
  • Quite a unique garden because of the architecture, whichever way you approach it by road be prepared to reverse or pull into the hedge more than once because of the narrow lanes. Besides the garden yo...  more »
  • This is a truly outstanding house and garden, Henry Peto had huge artistic imagination,with both the house and gardens. The current owners have altered very little and love it with the same passion. A wonderful experience.
  • Amazing gardens & views
  • Shhh! It's beautiful.
  • Absolutely stunning!
  • Worth a visit. Tea room fine. Good local walks. Check opening times!