Kiftsgate Court Gardens are the creation of three generations of women gardeners. Started by Heather Muir in the twenties; continued by Diany Binny from 1950s and now looked after by Anne Chambers. The gardens are a plantsman's delight. At any time of the year there is something of interest to draw you back again and again.
Hidcote Manor a famous Arts and Crafts garden dating from 1905. Created by Lawrence Johnston, a keen plantsman with a strong sense of artistic composition. Yew, holly and beech hedges are used to define a series of garden rooms. One room is occupied only by a circular raised pool. Others have a character deriving from their inspired planting.
Rousham Park is famously an 18th century landscape garden designed by William Kent, which has miraculously survived almost unchanged to this day. In its time it was considered to be Kent's masterpiece and nearly 300 years later the small scale of the garden, adorned with sculpture and temples still has huge charm. As if all this history were insufficient, there is also stunning 20th century planting in the walled garden.
Sezincote is an extraordinary Indian House in the Mogul style of Rajastan set in the Cotswolds. Built in 1810 by Charles Cockerell who had worked in India and laid out by Repton the great landscape designer, it was the inspiration behind the Brighton Pavilion.
It is essential to book a table at weekends
The Kings Head Bledington 01608 658365
The Fox, Lower Oddington 01451 87055
The Horse & Groom, Upper Oddington 01451 830584
The Swan at Swinbrook 01993 823339
The Wheatsheaf, Northleach 01451 860244
The Village Pub, Barnsley 01285 740421
The Swan at Southrop 01367 850205
The Plough at Kingham 01608 658327
The Churchill Arms, Paxford; 01386 594000
The Old Butchers, Stow on the Wold 01451 831700
The Mount Inn, Stanton 01386 584 316
Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter 01451 820243
Lower Slaughter Manor 01451 820456
The Lamb, Burford 01993 823155
Explore the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one of the most special areas of England. Known and loved by people across the world for the warmth and character of the landscape with dry stone walls, mellow buildings, open skies, rolling grasslands, beech woods and beautiful towns and villages. Its a great place to spend time and explore. Some places to visit from Clapton Manor:
Chastleton House one of England's finest and most complete Jacobean houses.
Kelmscott Manor home to William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Chedworth the remains of one of the largest Roman villas in Britain
Broadway, Moreton in Marsh, Burford and Stow on the Wold are lovely towns to visit and are also full of interesting antique shops.
What people say
'We spent 3 days at Clapton Manor and loved it! The house and room were charming. And Karin and James couldn't have been more helpful. They gave us wonderful recommendations about where to go and what to do, and were just lovely people to spend time with. Everything about the Manor from the beautiful location to the simple yet warm furnishings to the yummy breakfast were as much as we could have hoped for. Can't recommend them highly enough, and we hope to go on one of James' garden tours sometime in the future.'
Ruth G Massachusetts
'What a hidden gem Clapton Manor is, we visited for 2 days and spent a charming time with Karin and James. The rooms were so comfortable we wanted to take them home, and of course there was the afternoon tea with the most delightful cake you could wish for, and then the breakfast what could you say about that except "more". We could not recomend this highly enough, we are coming back most definitely......'
Ian C from Manchester
' I can't recommend Clapton Manor enough- the reviews are all true...and then some!'
KV from London