A Private Visit to Iford Manor Garden


Tuesday, 13 July 2021 at 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Iford Manor Garden,  Iford Hill Road, Bradford-On-Avon. BA15 2BA

The garden tour of this Grade I listed garden, on a day closed to the public, will be led by the owner William Cartwright-Hignett. We will learn of its design, history, planting and architecture as well as the recent historical restoration work being undertaken by Head Gardener Troy Scott Smith.

Set in a valley at the end of the Cotswolds range, Iford Manor Garden has a rich history dating back to the Domesday Book and features Harold Peto’s Grade* II listed Cloisters with magnificent vistas to the hillside and orchards. Much work has been undertaken by the owners these last few years to restore the gardens to their former glory. The recently closed gardens [due to Covid 19] have allowed William and Troy to clear many overgrown trees, shrubs and plants to help restore back to Peto’s original proportions, and the whole garden has benefited from this approach.

The cloisters were gradually being undermined by a land slip, but recently a magnificent restoration has enhanced its beauty within its surroundings. The finished project earned Iford Manor the Sotheby’s Restoration Award for 2020.

At a recent visit this Spring, we saw experts from The Japanese Garden Society hand pruning the various flowering cherries, almonds and shrubs in the oriental garden designed by John Hignett. This task was undertaken with small scissors, a true labour of love, and the benefits are there for all to see.

A café and restaurant have been built alongside the gardens where we will be served with soup of the day, scone, and cheesecake with a beverage to complete our private tour.

Itinerary; –       11.00 am. Introductions and garden tour;    12.30 Lunch;    13.30 depart

The garden at Iford Manor
Photo – Marianna Cartwright-Hignett

Cost £25.50 to include light lunch from the recently opened café and restaurant.

The garden is situated on a steep hillside and whilst all paths are designed to allow access to the garden, some areas may have restricted access.

Note- This visit is obviously subject to any Covid19 government restrictions applicable at the time, and will be enabled using social distancing and self-drive.


For booking please email or post the attached booking form before 5th July (numbers are required for our private lunch). Any queries contact Peter Hills – email – [email protected]; phone 07748 507 166 [Mob] for more details.