Mill Dene is a romantic story of a young couple falling in love with each other and a beautiful Cotswold stone water mill. Knowing nothing about gardening the Dares set about creating one of the most interesting gardens in the Cotswolds. It is personal, witty, surprising and of course, beautiful as well as horticulturally excellent as you would expect from a sometime Chelsea judge.
Features of this 2.5 Ha garden include a misty grotto, a bog garden and stream. There are plenty of seats from which to enjoy the mill pond and its trout, kingfisher and ducks. It is an exercise in making the most of a difficult and steep sided site. It is also an exercise in creating something beautiful in which to meditate and to nourish the senses.
How to define it? An English country garden? Yes, but with fun and surprises: There is the relaxed and tranquil mill pond and grotto, then there are the hidden signs suggesting you go to Stoke on Trent (in the nicest possible way!) A Fruit Garden with wonderful views over the hills but with gooseberry bushes under which were found the family grandchildren!!
The herb potager has plants with medicinal, culinary and pot pourri uses, but also, aphrodisiacs… Surrounding an ancient watermill, and hugging the side of a steep, tiny valley Mill Dene Garden really is hidden in the Cotswolds and is a place of tranquility and rest; there are, after all, 10 seats!
DIY teas available to eat by the Mill Pond. Buy some plants, alpines are the speciality this year. See you in the garden....... ......and it is a RHS recommended garden. 'Good Garden Guide' recommended. Dangerous for young children. Talks available for groups and individuals. 50% accessible for wheelchairs.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£5.50 per ticket|
|0-15 years||£3.00 per ticket|
|Concession/Student||£5.00 per ticket|
A short 10-15 minute talk can be given by the owner for individuals. Please book ahead. £10 a head.
Free access for RHS members April and September.
Group rates available, please see website for details.
- No Dogs
- Plant Sales
- Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.
- In countryside
- Outdoor Attraction
- Village Location
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - 50'5 access
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Please ring ahead to reserve disabled parking, and to have ramps made available.
- Ramp/Level Access - 50% wheelchair accessible, this includes the Tea Room.
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- Parking (free)
- On-Site café/restaurant - Light lunches and teas are available when garden is open April - September.
- Approx length of visit - 2 hours
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free
- Delta accepted
- Euros accepted
- JCB accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Max group size - 50
- Min group size - 20
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times
- Special group rates
- Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
- TIC Staff Admitted Free
- Visa accepted
- Cater for groups
- Conference facilities
- Event venue
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards children
- Marketed towards families
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Guided Tours Compulsory for Individuals
|Opening (2 Apr 2017 - 25 July 2017)|
|Monday - Tuesday||Closed*|
|Wednesday - Friday||10:00||- 17:00*|
|Saturday - Sunday||Closed*|
* Wednesday - Friday: 10 – 5pm (last entry 4pm)
Saturdays: 9 - 1pm
Open Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays, 2-5pm
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is M5 exit 9. A44, at Bourton on the Hill turn to Blockley. Take 1st left beyond village.