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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 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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  • Opera performances here inevitably involve a picnic in the magnificent gardens. The juxtaposition of excellent music and these superb gardens is almost surreal. If you can get tickets for a performanc...  more »
  • A fantastic local garden slightly off the beaten track. If your interested in gardens and can walk on a step slope this is a great garden to visit. If you have problems walking this is not a garden to...  more »
  • We stopped in at the tea room for an afternoon break. We had a very enjoyable tea sitting out in the grounds. There is a nice selection of loose teas to pick from as well as tasty cakes. It's self ser...  more »
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  • My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The setting of the house in front of the river and the beautiful gardens was truly impressive. The cordial welcome in the tearoom as well as the scrumptious cake rounded off a memorable trip.
  • £5.50 entry cost for adults (£5 to students if you ask, but she didn't offer) to walk around lovely gardens - there is free parking and a nice walking route across the river.
  • Fabulous music in a beautiful garden. A perfect evening.
  • 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.
  • Pure delight every minute,so worth the difficult narrow road to get there.