The Iford valley has been occupied since Roman times and the manor house sits idyllically by the Frome river in the steep-sided valley. Iford Manor is mediaeval in origin, the classical facade being added in the eighteenth century when the hanging woodlands above the garden were planted.
The Grade 1 Italianate garden at the Manor is famous for its tranquil beauty and was designed by the architect and landscape gardener Harold Ainsworth Peto who lived here from 1899 to 1933. A unique and romantic hillside garden, it is characterised by steps, terraces, sculpture and magnificent rural views and is open to the public from April to October.
From midsummer through to early August, the gardens and cloister play host to a series of Opera performances and jazz concerts, as well as a series of free "3-to-tea" concerts on Sunday afternoons by amateur and not-so-amateur artists.
Whilst the garden is open to the public at specific times, we are always delighted to welcome coach groups at other times, by prior appointment. Such groups are offered exclusive use of the garden outside normal opening hours. Guided tours may be available.
Throughout the quiet, rural valley there are beautiful walks along public footpaths, offering a complete escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. We kindly ask that you take care not to allow dogs or children to disturb the diverse wildlife which lives in this unspoilt river valley, and that you take any litter home with you.