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Blenheim palace

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP

The park around the opulent palace home of the Dukes of Marlborough was laid out by Capability Brown. Formal gardens in French and Italian terraced style, arboretum, rose gardens.

Broughton Castle

Broughton, Banbury, OX15 5EB

Walled Ladies Garden sits against the south wall of the castle, a central formal Fleur de Lys design softened by thoughtfully planted mixed and shrub borders both inside and outside the walls.

Hook Norton Brewery

Hook Norton Brewery is a regional brewery in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England, several miles outside of the Cotswold Hills. Founded in 1849, the brewing plant is a traditional Victorian ‘tower’ brewery in which all the stages of the brewing process flow logically from floor to floor; mashing at the top, boiling in the middle, fermentation and racking at the bottom. Until 2006, the brewing process was powered by steam. Beer is still delivered in the village by horse-drawn dray. Visitors can take a tour of the brewery and visit the museum with historic brewery artifacts and local history displays.

Buscot park

Faringdon, Oxfordshire

There are several disctinct gardens at Buscot. The most prominent is the 20th century water gardens, one of the finest in England, laid out on a sloping lawn below the 18th century stately home.

Compton Verney

Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ

Warwickshires award winning art gallery set in grounds of a Georgian mansion designed by Capability Brown

Rousham house and garden

Rousham, Oxfordshire

One of the fitrst true landscape gardens in England, Rousham set the tone for much of the landscape gardening fervour that so marks English country house design.

Sulgrave manor

Sulgrave, Oxfordshire

A sundial dating from 1579 graces the knotgarden of the restored Tudor manor house. The extensive lavender beds are a notable feature of Sulgrave’s garden, and The Herb Society maintains the National Herb Garden here.

Hidcote Manor Garden

Hidcote Bartrim, Nr Chipping Campden. Gloucestershire, GL55 6LR

Hidcote is one of England’s great gardens. Designed and created by the horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston in the Arts & Crafts style, it is made up of exquisite garden rooms, each possessing its own special character.

Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Park, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9QB

Situated one and a quarter miles west of Moreton-in-Marsh (Gloucestershire – UK), Batsford Arboretum is tucked away on a south facing escarpment of the famous Cotswold Hills. Find out on this website about the history of the arboretum and the treasure of rare and unusual plants and trees it contains. See what we are doing for conservation and what we are planning for the future.

Charlecote Park

Come and see the public rooms of Charlecote, created by its Victorian owners. Find out more about the varied fortunes of the Lucy family since Tudor times. On Wednesdays the house is open by free guided tour only.

Canons Ashby

Canons Ashby House is a Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house located in the village of Canons Ashby, about 11 miles (17.7 km) south of the town of Daventry in the county of Northamptonshire, England. It has been owned by the National Trust since 1981 when the house was close to collapse and the gardens had turned into a meadow. “The Tower” of the building is in the care of the Landmark Trust and available for holiday lets.

Farnborough Hall

Farnborough Hall is a country house just inside the borders of Warwickshire, England near to the town of Banbury, (grid reference SP4349). The property has been owned by the National Trust since 1960 when the Holbech family endowed it to them, and is still run and lived in by Geoffrey Holbech’s daughter Caroline Beddall and her family. It is a Grade I listed building.The Holbech family acquired the Farnborough estate in 1684 and the honey-coloured two-storey stone house was built soon after.

Snowshill Manor

Snowshill Manor was the property of Winchcombe Abbey from 821 until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 when the Abbey was confiscated by King Henry VIII, who presented it to his last queen, Catherine Parr. Between 1539 and 1919 it had a number of tenants and owners until it was purchased by Charles Paget Wade, an architect, artist-craftsman, collector, poet and heir to the family fortune. He restored the property, living in the small cottage in the garden and using the manor house as a home for his collection of objects. By the time of his death he had amassed over 22,000 objects. He gave the property and the contents of this collection to the National Trust in 1951.

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park was the central site for British codebreakers during World War II. It housed the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), which regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. The official historian of World War II British Intelligence has written that the “Ultra” intelligence produced at Bletchley shortened the war by two to four years, and that without it the outcome of the war would have been uncertain.

Stowe House

Stowe House is a Grade I listed country house located in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England. It is the home of Stowe School, an independent school and is owned by the Stowe House Preservation Trust who have to date (March 2013) spent more than £25m on the restoration of the house. Stowe House is regularly open to the public and can be explored by guided tour all year round or during the school holidays you can explore at your own pace with a multimedia guide. The gardens (known as Stowe Landscape Gardens), a significant example of the English garden style, along with part of the Park, passed into the ownership of The National Trust in 1989 and are open to the public. The parkland surrounding the gardens is open 365 days a year. National Trust members have free access to the gardens but there is a charge for all visitors to the house which goes towards the costs of restoring the building.

Kelmscot Manor

Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, dating from 1570 and situated on the edge of the village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade. William Morris (designer, writer and socialist) chose it as his summer home.

Chastleton House

Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612, for Walter Jones, who had made his fortune from the law, although his family were originally Welsh wool merchants. The estate was bought in 1604 from Robert Catesby, although his residence was demolished to make way for the new house and no traces of the original building on this spot remain. The house is built of Cotswold stone, round a small courtyard, called the Dairy Court.
Chastleton House is famous for an episode from the Civil War in which a loyal wife duped (and drugged) Roundhead soldiers to save her husband. Sarah Jewell, granddaughter of the last owners of manor, recalls her childhood reenactments of the scene:
“My sisters and I used to love running around searching for the secret room where Arthur Jones, the grandson of Walter Jones, hid after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Arthur was a Royalist and had been fighting for Charles II but the troops were defeated by Cromwell and Arthur galloped back to Chastleton with Cromwell’s soldiers in hot pursuit. His quick-witted wife, Sarah – my childhood heroine – hid him in the secret closet over the porch and although the pursuing soldiers found his exhausted horse in the stables they couldn’t find him. Sarah saved Arthur’s life by lacing the soldiers’ beer with laudanum and saddling up one of their horses for his escape as the soldiers slumbered. My sisters and I used to lie on the bed in the secret room and pretend we could hear the horses galloping towards us. The bed has now gone and the entrance to the room is barred with one of the National Trust’s trademarks: a rope.”

Upton House & Garden

Upton is a long low house built of local yellow sandstone. It was considerably expanded from 1927-1929 for the 2nd Viscount Bearsted by Morley Horder who retained the Carolean style appearance of the exterior while introducing some art déco elements in the interior, particularly in the bathroom for Lady Bearsted, where the walls are covered in aluminium leaf. The style of interiors at Upton has been described by art critic Osbert Lancaster as Curzon Street Baroque.
A main attraction of Upton is the garden. A lawn, with huge cedar trees, sweeps gently down from the house and below is an extensive terraced garden. The garden features a kitchen garden, a series of herbaceous borders and a large lake with water lilies in a small valley. The terracing, unseen from the house and on a first visit unsuspected, contains the National Collection of Aster. In use since the 12th century, the gardens were largely transformed by Kitty Lloyd-Jones for Lady Bearsted in the 1920s and 1930s, including the creation of a rare Bog Garden on the site of medieval fish ponds.

Waddesdon Manor

waddesdon, Bucks, HP18 0JH

Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 to display his collection of arts and to entertain the fashionable world. Opened to the public in 1959, Waddesdon Manor is managed by the Rothschild Foundation, a family charitable trust, on behalf of the National Trust, who took over ownership in 1957. It’s home to the Rothschild Collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.

Waterperry gardens

Wheatley, Oxfordshire

8 acres of magnificent gardens with year-round interest. There is a scented rose garden, herbaceous borders designed for colour throughout the seasons, a riverside walk, an alpine garden with delicate mountain plants, an herbaceous nursery, and a formal garden with medieval; features. There is a 13th century church on the site.

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