At Bradford-on-Avon we climbed uneven steps, and tackled twisting paths of the Garden, a delight for those who enjoy a walk among nature. Situated on the River Frome, the site has been occupied since Roman times, with extensive views of Iford Valley. Iford manor is medieval in origin, and boasts nine centuries of Garden history. The Cloister, decorated with carved stone, and a window looking out over the valley, is presently under renovation. The house is Tudor/ Georgian.
This garden will be enjoyed by anyone who loves Italian design.
It belonged to Harold Peto, arts and crafts designer, from 1899 to his death in 1933. It’s Pompeian splendour brings urns, sarcophagi and terracotta, set beside cypresses and pools. Not only is it a magic place where frogs frolic, for three months in summer the Annual Iford Arts Festival brings jazz concerts and opera, enjoyed in the Italianate garden cloister . The scent of blossoms is a delight.
We liked the blend of formal and informal elements, hard contrasting with soft, the profusion of massed flowers and variety of greens in the foliage.
There are many more treasures to see. And why not follow your explorations with a cake or cream tea?