Our favourite local gardens in The Garden Visitor’s Handbook 2017

Our Cotswolds luxury hotel, Lords of the Manor, is surrounded by a wonderful selection of Cotswolds gardens, such as those in The Garden Visitor’s Handbook.


The handbook is created annually by The National Gardens Scheme and helps garden owners open their stunning gardens to the public, share their passion and raise money for a variety of charities through entry fees, garden tours, tea and cake. Published annually in spring and previously known as The Yellow Book, the handbook now lists nearly 4,000 gardens open to the public.

Lords’ own 8 acres have been developed under the supervision of the acclaimed designer, Julie Toll, into a sequence of different gardens such as the lawn at the front of the hotel, a British meadow leading down to the River Eye, a bridge connecting to a lesser cultivated and more secluded area adjacent to the old ice skating pond and the spectacular and unusual bog garden.

As you can tell, the gardens at Lords are a fundamental part of the hotel and being the gardening enthusiasts we are, we have shared just a few of our favourite National Garden Scheme gardens in the Cotswolds this year…

Bridge Nursery

Originally a paddock, this garden was started in 1999. Today the garden is filled with a variety of interesting which thrive in the hostile, clay conditions. Grass paths will lead you around borders brimming with exciting and unusual plants. Some special features include a pond and a bamboo grove, complete with a panda. This garden is a peaceful haven for wildlife and visitors alike. Make sure to speak to the owners, Christine and Philip, who are happy to give helpful advice based on their years of experience in maintaining this challenging plot. You can even come away with your favourite plant from the garden as many are available to purchase in the nursery.

50 Plantation Road

This surprisingly spacious and interesting city garden is designed in distinct sections. The north-facing front garden is an attractive side alley filled with climbers suited to the shade. The south-facing, rear garden is filled with hundreds of colourful tulips in spring and unusual trees including a Mount Etna Broom. Other features include a conservatory, terraced area and a secluded water garden with water feature, woodland plants and alpines. Entry is free for children and the owner, Philippa will treat you to a home-made tea whilst you take in the sights of the beautiful surroundings.

Stanway Fountain & Water Garden

According to Fodor’s Great Britain Guide, Stanway Fountain and Water Garden is “as perfect and pretty a Cotswold manor house as anyone is likely to see”. This vast space includes 20 acres of planted landscape in an early 18th-century formal setting. The restored canal, upper pond, 165 ft fountain and 300 ft fountain (Britain’s highest) have re-created one of the most interesting Baroque water gardens in Britain today.

Lords of the Manor is surrounded by so many wonderful Cotswold gardens that it is only fitting that our own gardens are such an integral aspect of the hotel, they have even won a place amongst the Cotswold hotels with special gardens.

In 2017, we are celebrating the completion of our new herb garden with a series of monthly garden tours with our Head Gardener, followed by a Michelin-star two course luncheon in our restaurant looking over the walled garden. We’ll even send you on your way with some seeds and planting advice, all for just £25.00 per person.

The next garden tour will be on Friday 9th June.  Our March and April tours were extremely busy, so book today to avoid disappointment by calling us on 01451 820243.