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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  • August 9, 2017
    Saturday 29th July 17, my husband and I decided to go to visit Iford Manor Gardens – the home of Harold Peto, the famous garden architect. This Grade 1 Italian-style garden is famous for its tranquil ...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    Spent all three open hours in the gorgeous gardens. Loads of steps but plenty if alternate zig zag paths too. Don't be fooled by the accessibility advice on website though, you really can't do this in...  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    I am an amateour photographer,who love nature and gardens,so I'v visited this hidden garden.It was really beautiful,the atmosphere so ancient,so I think it's worth a visit for relaxing there.But talk ...  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.

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