Iford Manor: The Peto Garden
Courtesy of Iford Manor

Iford Manor: The Peto Garden

This historic rural idyll, just 7 miles south of Bath, was a key location for The Secret Garden

  • Architecture
  • Heritage

Home to the Cartwright-Hignett family since 1965, the manor has a rich cultural heritage dating back to the Domesday Book. 

Tucked away in a 900-acre estate at the bottom of a peaceful valley, the award-winning, Grade 1* listed Italianate gardens (designed by the revered Edwardian architect Harold Peto, a former resident of the manor) offer delightful walks, dotted with ancient statues and magnificent rural views. Musical concerts take place most Saturdays in the garden for no extra charge to visitors.

'Behind the Scenes’ gardening tours are led by current Head Gardener Troy Scott Smith or a member of the gardening team. Alternatively, for those more interested in the history, architecture and garden design, there are a limited number of exclusive Champagne evening tours led by William Cartwright-Hignett who has lived at Iford for his entire life.

The Housekeeper’s Tearoom provides the perfect pit-stop after a visit to the garden and a new cafe is planned for 2021.

Did you know?

The gardens were used as a key location for the upcoming cinematic release of The Secret Garden (from the same team who did Harry Potter and Paddington films), starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters. They were also featured in the recent ITV production of Sanditon.


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