The Courts Garden
The Courts Garden
Here is a delightful 7 acre English garden, not to be missed. Irises and lilies grace the water gardens, spring bulbs accent the arboretum, and topiary and herbaceous borders lend a stateliness without being overly formal.
The garden is based around a lovely 18th century house, built of warm-toned Bath stone. Beside the house is a beautifully elegant conservatory looking out onto green lawns and a formal garden.

The house itself is private and cannot generally be visited, but the extensive 20th century gardens that surround the house pack a lot of interest into a fairly small area. The design is primarily Arts and Crafts, with separate 'garden rooms' in different styles, similar to the layout of Hidcote Garden in Gloucestershire.

Formal garden near the house
Formal garden near the house
Perhaps the most interesting feature is a sinuous water garden and lily pond, with bridges and twisting trails. Close to the house are terraces and formal arrangements of beds, while at the furthest point of the garden is an orchard area. Throughout are wonderful topiary, primarily of clipped yew, with a 'cloud hedge' trimmed to look like billowing puffs of cloud.

There is a country walk from The Courts to Great Chalfield Manor and Garden. Information on the walk is contained a leaflet at The Courts.

Visiting
There is signed parking in the town parking lot on The Midlands street, immediately opposite the main garden entrance. Its about a 2 minute walk from the parking area to the garden ... unless you do what our family did and miss the garden entrance, which is set back from the road. We walked 10 minutes along the B3107 wondering where the garden was until we realised our mistake.

We came in mid-summer, on a cloudless day, when the water features were a welcome distraction from the hot sun. What I recall most was the wonderful lush colour that seemed to be everywhere, with quiet pockets of shade and peaceful trails. The Courts is really not a large garden, but you wouldn't know it, for there is so much of interest.

A neo-classical garden folly
A neo-classical folly
The Lily Pond
The Lily Pond
The Conservatory
The Conservatory
Walled garden brick path
Walled garden brick path
Sundial near the house
Sundial near the house
A sinuous water feature
A sinuous water feature
Formal lawns near the house
Formal lawns near the house
A beautiful summer day at The Courts!
A beautiful summer day
at The Courts!