I knew as I arrived that was I was going to see somewhere special. As you approach Iford Manor there is this most wonderful bridge with a statue of Britannia looking out over the river.
Iford Manor on the way home. I had placed Iford on my list of must-see gardens some time ago as I knew it to be a fine Italianate garden, and I do love a good Italianate garden.
Avray Tipping and it was fitting that there was a reference to him at its conclusion. Peto lived at Iford from 1899 until his death in 1933. Peto trained as an architect; at the heart of many a good Arts and Crafts garden is an architect (Lutyens, Clough Williams Ellis, shall I go on....?)
I arrived home tired from the journey but I had such a great time visiting so many wonderful places. Now I have to think about where I have to wander off to next.
Other visits related to this trip:
Hauser and Wirth,