Mill Dene Garden, Blockley
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
A stream runs through the middle of the Mill Dene property on its way to the Severn, and in days gone by a mill stood beside the stream. The mill is gone now, but in its place is a this delightful 2 1/2 acre garden built upon a number of shallow terraces.
The old mill pond has been incorporated into the design of the garden, which has been open to the public only since the early 1990s. The garden offers a wide variety of plantings, with a special winter garden near the house, which boasts roses, daphnes and mahonias.
Fragrance plays a big role in the garden design, with Lavender, artemisia, viburnum, philandelphus, jasmine and honeysuckle mingling in aromatic profusion with the scent of a special chamomile lawn. Across the stream is a wild garden area given over to native plants. The scene is embellished by tantalising glimpses of the nearby parish church as you walk up the path through the terraces.
When owners Wendy and Barry Dare bought the Mill Dene property the space now occupied by the garden was covered so thickly in brambles that it took slashing with a machete to reach the stream. No such exertions are needed now, for the owners have gradually cleared, planted and improved the garden for over 30 years, to the point where it is one of the most admired gardens in the Cotswolds. Mill Dene Garden has been honoured with recognition in the Good Garden Guide.
Mill Dene is not the only garden worthy of a visit in Blockley. The village joined the National Garden Scheme in the late 1970s, and the number of gardens open to the public on the first Sunday in May has risen to over ten, with a fewer number open again in mid summer.
About Mill Dene
Address: School Lane, Blockley, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire, England, GL56 9HU
Attraction Type: Garden
Website: Mill Dene
Phone: 01386 700 457
Fax: 0705 361 6982
OS: SP164 348
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Batsford Arboretum - 1.5 miles (Garden)
Bourton House Garden - 1.6 miles (Garden)
Sezincote - 2.3 miles (Historic House)
Chipping Campden Market Hall - 2.8 miles (Historic Building)
Chipping Campden, St James Church - 3 miles (Historic Church)
Broadway Tower - 3.2 miles (Historic Building)
Longborough, St James - 3.3 miles (Historic Church)
Ebrington, St Eadburgha's Church - 3.5 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Mill Dene:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Visitor Information Centre
The Old Police Station
Tel: 01386 841 206