Located in the lovely North Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Hill, Bourton House Garden is a hidden treasure.
It is a relatively ‘new’ garden; having been created over a twenty year time frame in the 80’s and 90’s but is now recognised as one of the finest gardens in the UK. Beautiful all year round, it is absolutely glorious in the summer and autumn months, when the deep herbaceous borders amaze visitors with their colour and the wide variety of unusual plants. Many groups from all over the world visit the garden each year and day visitors return time after time. For many, it is their favourite garden; its tranquil atmosphere providing peace and its planting providing inspiration.
Surrounding a fine 18th century Manor House and Grade I listed 16th century Tithe Barn, the three acre garden features imaginative topiary including a secluded knot garden, a topiary walk and a flamboyant parterre. Spring-fed water features include a raised Basket Pond from the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Fountain courtyard and a pond in the White Garden complete with koi carp. A unique Shade House tucked away in a quiet corner provides shelter for novel shade-loving plants. The White Garden, with creative planting to engage the interest from spring to autumn, is flanked on either side by sculpted yew hedges topped with an ‘ogee’ arch; a repeated theme throughout the garden in hedging, trellis work and metalwork. Magnificent wide herbaceous borders lead to a raised terrace with extensive views of the rolling Cotswold countryside. Head Gardener Jacky Rae is responsible for the planting schemes; her use of tender and exotic plants coupled with an imaginative colour palette will excite the interest of the dedicated plantsman, the garden enthusiast and the casual visitor.
In 2006, Bourton House Garden won the prestigious HHA/Christie’s ‘Garden of the Year’ award and in 2013 won Cotswolds Tourism’s silver award for ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’.
In the seven acre field opposite the garden, a walk has been created around the groups of specimen trees planted in 1994/95. An informative leaflet, written by the former Head Gardener, is available and admission to the walk is free to all visitors to the garden.
Light refreshments and delicious home-made cakes, tea, coffee and soft drinks are served in our splendid 16th century Tithe Barn, where you will also find a small selection of gifts and greetings cards and the occasional art exhibition. There is also seating in the old orchard behind the barn, a delightful place to enjoy tea in inclement weather! Light refreshments and home made teas are available Tuesday - Friday, May to September only. Catering is available for groups. Please ring to discuss your requirements. Regret no catering available on Monday's.
Bourton House Garden is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from April to the end of October (excluding Easter and Bank Holidays). Groups are welcome Monday to Friday but advance booking is essential. The Tea Room is open from May to the end of September. The garden will be open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 15th August 2021, 10am to 5pm. The gardens are 70% accessible for visitors with disabilities. please contact Bourton House Garden to find out more information.
Under 16 years free
Payment by card is preferred.
Groups welcome but advance booking essential (group concessions available at £8 per person)
- Gift Shop
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- No Dogs
- On-Site café/restaurant - Light refreshments and home-made teas Tuesday to Friday, May to September only. Catering available for groups - please ring to discuss your requirements. Regret no catering available on Monday's.
- Cater for groups - Groups welcome Monday to Friday but advance booking essential.
- Free car parking
- On-site coach parking
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Approx length of visit - 1.5 hours
- In countryside
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest - 16th century Grade I listed Tithe Barn (open May to September) 18th century Manor House at the heart of the garden (not open to public)
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times - Groups welcome Monday to Friday Advance booking essential
- Outdoor Attraction
- Village Location
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking
- On Bus Route - Bourton House Garden can be reached by public transport on the Johnsons Coaches route 21 and 22 (no bus on Sunday). Timetables can be found on www.johnsonscoaches.co.uk. Bourton House Garden is 2 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh.
- Parking (free) - Car park opposite entrance to the garden Ample free car parking Two coach parking spaces
- Accept Bank Transfers, Internet Payment or SWIFT/IBAN
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free - Cash, cheque and credit card accepted May to September.
- Cash & Cheque accepted
- Special group rates - Group concession £7 per person Free admission for tour leader/group organiser Advance booking essential
- TIC Staff Admitted Free
Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- Chinese printed material
- Japanese printed material
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups - At additional cost and subject to availability Booking essential
Travel & Trade
- Group discounts available
|Open 2024 Tuesday to Friday (3 Apr 2024 - 27 Oct 2024)
|Tuesday - Friday
|Saturday - Sunday
* Bourton House Garden is not open over Easter or on Bank Holidays
Groups are very welcome Monday to Friday but booking is essential
1 mile west of Moreton-in-Marsh on the A44.