History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Often overlooked by the hordes of tourists who visit next door neighbour Hidcote, Kiftsgate Garden is a hidden gem of the north Cotswolds, a marvellous hillside garden below an attractive manor house.
Next-door neighbour to the more well-known Hidcote, this 20th-century garden is blessed with colour and an informal atmosphere. The inspiration for Kiftsgate came from Heather Muir, who, along with her husband JB Muir, bought the manor in 1917.
Mrs Muir was famous for her work with shrub roses and developed several new varieties, including the Kiftsgate rose (Rosa filipes). Pride of place at Kiftsgate must go to the rose garden, lovingly bounded by beech hedges.
Another innovative feature of Kiftsgate is the Mediterranean garden, where Mrs Muir took advantage of the exposed location and good drainage to plant species that are startling to find in this area of England, including cistus, phlomis, ceanothus, and other tender plants. There are an enjoyable variety of other garden areas, including a White Sunken Garden, Water Garden, Yellow Border, and Summer House.
The manor of Kiftsgate was built in 1887-91 by Sydney Graves Hamilton, owner of the manor of Mickleton. Hamilton took the unusual step of removing the Georgian facade of Mickleton and transporting it up the hill to his new house at Kiftsgate, with the aid of a purpose-built light railway. An avenue of elm trees used to run between the two manors, but this is unfortunately now gone, a victim of elm disease.
Best in: spring and early summer.
Don't see Hidcote and miss Kiftsgate!
Address: Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire, England, GL55 6LN
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: 3 m NE Chipping Campden
Historic Houses Association
OS: SP173 430
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Hidcote Manor Gardens - 0.2 miles (Garden)
Ebrington, St Eadburgha's Church - 2 miles (Historic Church)
Ilmington, St Mary's Church - 2.3 miles (Historic Church)
Chipping Campden, St James Church - 2.5 miles (Historic Church)
Chipping Campden Market Hall - 2.7 miles (Historic Building)
Saintbury, St Nicholas Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church)
Preston on Stour, St Mary's Church - 4.7 miles (Historic Church)
Fleece Inn - 5 miles (Historic Building)
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