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Kiftsgate Court An open garden in Gloucestershire

Chipping Campden


GL55 6LW

United Kingdom

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Although they list their address as Chipping Campden, Kiftsgate is actually nearer the village of Mickleton and almost opposite the well-known Hidcote Manor garden. Of the two, I actually prefer Kiftsgate as it seems to have more of interest. Kiftsgate Court is a beautiful Georgian fronted Manor house built in the late 1800's, surrounded by a rambling romantic garden which has been created by 3 generations of women gardeners. It even has a rose named after it - the Kiftsgate rose - a white rambler which they say is so rampant it will lift the roof off!
Kiftsgate has lovely herbaceous borders and a sunken garden where you can sit in peace and watch a central fountain. There's a new modern water sculpture comprising 24 tall stems with bronze philodendron leaves on top. At timed intervals water drips off the leaves into the pool below - it's fascinating to watch. But the highlight was The Lower Garden - after climbing down quite a few steps, you reach the bottom of a terraced area containing mainly drought-tolerant plants and exotics. Looking back up the hill is the rather bizarre sight of an old Italian villa nestled against the hillside but if you turn around you see the family's half moon shaped swimming pool in front of you leading on to the most wonderful view across the Cotswold countryside. After climbing back up the steps you're ready for a nice cuppa - the Tea room has a lovely selection of cake and light snacks. We had a great day out and highly recommend this garden visit.

9 Oct, 2007


I'm going to disagree with you Littlelarford. Hidcote is my favourite garden - its only fault is it is full of people! A plantaholics heaven

19 Jan, 2008


I agree with Andrew - I love Hidcote and I have been back there several times at different times of the year. Always beautiful. Maybe we could ask them for a GoY private opening, Andrew?

21 Jan, 2008

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