Bourton House and Gardens
Less than an hour from Lower Mill, at Bourton-on-the-Hill, this 3.5 acre, exquisite garden is a must for topiary lovers. The attention to detail is stunning – round every corner is something beautiful, something creative, but most importantly, something maintained to the highest standard. This is a garden where caring for what has been created is as important as the creative process itself.
Glorious herbaceous borders, stuffed with colourful plants, containers overflowing with clever plant combinations, all combine to delight those whose first love may not be topiary. The small greenhouses are full of container displays and the kitchen garden (parterres, of course) have interesting produce. The garden is set in beautiful countryside, with views and woodland walks as a bonus. A guide is issued to help visitors enjoy the trees.
Bourton House garden is described by its owners as having plenty to delight visitors well into Autumn, when other gardens may be losing their vibrancy. This is certainly fair comment, and September/October are excellent months to visit. The dedication of Bourton’s three (yes, just three) gardeners, serves to prolong flowering to its absolute maximum – but the enduring memory is of topiary and more topiary, looking as if clipped only moments ago.
2014 Season (subsequent years, please check via internet or telephone)
April to end October: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (excluding Easter) 10am to 5pm. Admission £6 (under 16’s free).
Tea room and Gift Shop in the Tithe Barn open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from end May to early September. All cakes are made at Bourton House by Susan and Christine. Cream teas are available for groups if booked in advance.
Bourton House Garden has limited disabled access (60-70%).? Disabled lavatory available.
No dogs or picnics!
Bourton House Garden can be reached by public transport on the Johnsons Coaches routes 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.
Bourton House Garden
Bourton on the Hill
Tel: 01386 700754
Email: [email protected]