Bourton House Garden


The Garden

In 1983, Mr & Mrs R Paice became the owners of Bourton House and began the task of turning a neglected wilderness into the perfect garden setting for the courtyard of ancient Cotswold stone buildings.  Over the years, the garden evolved, new projects were planned and new challenges faced.  They were fortunate to have the help of a splendid gardening team, originally headed by Paul Williams followed in 1999 by Paul Nicholls, our current long-serving Head Gardener. 

Imaginative topiary was introduced including a knot garden, parterre and topiary walk; natural springs used to create water features; an unusual shade house constructed and ever wider herbaceous borders created to accommodate more exotica.  Today, the garden continues to evolve, constantly surprising visitors with its inspirational planting, stunning colour combinations and rare, unusual and exotic plants.

New in 2014 A walk in the pasture opposite the garden, following a guide by our Head Gardener, to view the groups of specimen trees planted in 1994-1995.  These include Cedidiphyllum japonicum, known as the 'Katsura Tree' with its sweet scent similar to burnt sugar, Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer' (Ornamental Pear), Betula papyrifera (Paper Birch) and Prunus 'Shirotae' (Japanese Cherry) amongst many others.  Admission to the walk and the guide are included in admission to the garden.

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The Gardener

In 2010, Bourton House Garden came under new ownership but remains open for the enjoyment of garden visitors, many of whom return year after year!


Garden Details

Bourton House Garden, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Moreton-in-Marsh
Gloucestershire, GL56 9AE England
01386 700754
Contact Person
Christine Walford
April to end October
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (excluding Easter and Bank Holidays) 10am to 5pm

Group Visits are April to end October
Monday to Friday (excluding Easter and Bank Holidays)
Admission £6 per person (tour leader/coach driver free)
Please ring 01386 700754 or e-mail to make a booking
Admission £6 (under 16’s free)
Bourton House Garden is within easy reach of London and Birmingham and has plenty of parking for cars and larger vehicles.
Food Available
Our tea room and gift shop in the Tithe Barn will be open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 28th May to 12th September 2014.
Tea, coffee and delicious home-made cakes are served in our Grade I listed 16th century Tithe Barn. On fine days, tea can be taken in the garden.
Wheelchair Access
Bourton House Garden has limited disabled access (60% - 70%).
Dogs Allowed
Strictly no dogs.
Other Facilities
Bourton House Garden and the 16th century Tithe Barn are available for Corporate Events and Product Launches.  The main lawn with 18th century Bourton House on one side and the rolling Cotswolds hills on the other is the ideal site for a large marquee or a series of smaller marquees or tents.  The Tithe Barn is a magnificent 16thcentury Grade I listed building with access to the old orchard at the rear where a marquee can also be erected.  The cathedral-like interior of the Tithe Barn features two craftsmen-built wide oak balconies with twin staircases, ideal for displays, additional seating or to site musicians or other entertainment.