Explore the charming villages of the South Cotswolds and enjoy a private tour of Iford Manor. Lacock, renowned for its TV and film connections, is a must-see with its picturesque Cotswold stone buildings and medieval homes. Castle Combe, hidden within a scenic valley, is often referred to as the most beautiful village in England, with breathtaking views at every turn. You also have the option to visit the stunning city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Europe’s great spa towns, or explore the Highgrove Gardens, part of the private residence of King Charles III. These organic gardens showcase the beauty of each season and are meticulously designed to delight visitors.
In the afternoon, experience the unique opportunity to visit Iford Gardens in Bradford-on-Avon. These gardens, located in the Cotswolds’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sit atop the region’s final hill. Meet William Cartwright-Hignett, a knowledgeable guide who was born at Iford Manor and can share the gardens’ rich history, architecture, and hidden gems. William will also share intriguing tales about past residents, including Harold Peto and his garden designs.
During your visit to Iford Gardens, you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to explore the family’s private Walled Garden, which includes the Shell Grotto, topiary garden, glass houses, and vegetable garden serving the manor’s restaurant and flower cutting garden. After a tour of the main gardens with William, you’ll head to The Great Terrace for a glass of champagne, some nibbles, and a Q&A session with William and his wife, Marianne.
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