Westbury Court Gardens, Westbury on Severn

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Westbury Court Garden is a Dutch water garden in Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, England, 9mi southwest of Gloucester.It was laid out in 1696–1705, a rare survival not to have been replaced in the 18th century by a naturalistic garden landscape as popularised by Capability Brown. It is situated facing the high street of the rural village, extending on low-lying water meadows adjacent to the River Severn; the flat watery ground makes the site well suited to a Dutch-style garden, of which Westbury is the outstanding survival in Britain.The garden's centrepiece is a 137m long canal (illustration, right), centred on a two-storey Dutch style red-brick pavilion at one end and a large wrought iron gate in the wall at the far end, designed to extend the vista from the pavilion out into the surrounding countryside. The main canal is flanked by yew and holly topiary in pyramids and balls. A second red-brick building, a summer house built in 1702–04, overlooks a T-shaped canal running parallel to the main canal. Behind the summer house is a small walled garden of cottage plants and beyond the water garden is an orchard of fruit trees, which also contains an ancient evergreen oak planted in the 17th century, the largest ever recorded, it is also claimed to be the oldest in England.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Really lovely place to visit, very interesting information about the gardens. Loved the fish in the canal.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    A beautifully tended Dutch style, water garden located alongside the A48 between Gloucester and Chepstow. Rescued by the National Trust from a completely derelict site, the restored flower beds and ve...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    These gardens, though not as large an area as we had expected, are well worth a visit. They are purported to be one of the finest examples of the Dutch Water Garden. There are some interesting old pho...  more »
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  • Beautiful gardens with a fascinating history. The NT are doing a great job in keeping the gardens well maintained. Staff really friendly and helpful.
  • We were thrilled to walk round this beautiful garden we came because they allow dogs. Very pleasant picnic area in the orchard.
  • We visited for the Easter trail. Lovely family friendly location. This is a small site with minimal facilities. Toilets are available. But no cafe. We have visited this site many times and always enjoy the visit.
  • Pleasant garden, may not be as large as you expect. Worth a visit. No tea room here.
  • Looked reasonably i retesting for a short visit but is only open Weds to Saturday. This is not made clear in the national trust literature.

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