Places Worth a Visit: Iford Manor

Many years ago, I dragged my dear friend Sue out to Iford Manor (situated between Bath and Bristol) for a complimentary visit – neither of us had ever been before and really didn’t know what to expect of have particularly high expectations. But my goodness – we were instantaneously blown away (I have subsequently returned many times and it never disappoints).

We walked in through an olde worlde gate into a magical land full of stunning landscapes, secret ponds, water features, cloisters, archways, statues, a woodland and a meadow as well as the more formal gardens.  Every step seemed to take us on a new experience. Harold Peto is behind the design – he lived at Iford from 1899 – 1933 and was clearly a man of exquisite taste.  I honestly cannot recommend Iford highly enough – just go! Top tip is to go in wisteria season as the wisteria on the manor is incredible.

The gardens also featured in the more recent film version of The Secret Garden.

What else is there?

There is the most wonderful café and restaurant on site and again these are well worth a visit.  The café serves breakfast baps, lunches and cake alongside drinks. The restaurant looks amazing although I admit to not yet having tried it – but fully intend to book in for a Sunday roast soon.  I recommend booking for the restaurant.

Iford cafe also sells freshly made sourdough loaves, homemade chutneys or sauces to enjoy at home.

There are also pizza nights, supper clubs, jazz lunches, workshops for those wanting to master the art of sourdough bread making and an events calendar.

For opening hours and further information check out and plan your visit. I am confident you will not be disappointed.