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Broughton Grange Gardens

1st prize winner for 'Best Development of a Historical Garden' category by the European Garden Heritage Network.

  • 4.9

  • from 15 Google reviews

Broughton Grange Gardens
Broughton Grange Gardens

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About the garden

Broughton Grange overlooks a beautiful Oxfordshire valley. Its history dates back to 1620 initially as a small farm cottage associated with the Saye and Sele estate at neighbouring Broughton Castle. Broughton Grange is set in over 400 acres of parkland, farmland and open meadow, with parkland planting that owes its origins to the Victorian era. In the early 20th century and under the ownership of Lady Ottoline and Philip Morrell, and although not ultimately fond of Broughton, Lady Ottoline wrote“I think the country looks very charming, very secluded; the trees and air and stillness are so delightful”.

Over the last 25 years, Broughton Grange and its gardens have been substantially transformed such that it is now recognised as one of the most significant private contemporary gardens in Britain. Its development accelerated in 2001, when leading landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith was commissioned to transform a six-acre south facing field into a walled garden. This impressive new garden, walled on two sides only, features three individually themed terraces and has been designed in strong relation to the surrounding rural landscape. It is now seen as amongst Tom’s best work and is widely featured in books and magazines. Since the late 1990s, many other parts of the gardens have been beautifully developed and from 2003 onwards, a substantial arboretum has been planted and continues to be developed. The tree collection at Broughton includes a wide range of interesting species and cultivars, covering an area of approximately 80 acres.

Opening times

Broughton Grange gardens are open for visitors every Wednesday between 10am and 5pm from May to the end of September inclusive.

Useful details

Garden area

60 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

Wheelchair access

Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved). Around the gardens and particularly in the main walled garden there are a number of different landscape surfaces, sets of steps and steep pathways. Regrettably, this makes some areas of the garden difficult to access with devices such as wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Shops

Yes - There is a plant shop.

Oxfordshire, OX15 5DS

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Google reviews

  • 4.9

  • from 15 Google reviews

Mary Griffiths

2 months ago

4

We visited Broughton Grange on a very hot day scuttling from shade to shade but really enjoyed our time there. The prairie planting, koi pool and greenhouse were beautiful. The arboretum is fairly recently planted so we just enjoyed looking at it from a viewing point rather than getting baked in the sun but will be interested to return in a few years to see how it has grown and developed. We found that the gardens were interesting and varied with some wilder areas to contrast with the more formal parts, as well as some fun and surprising sculptures. It was also a very calm and peaceful place to stroll around.

Paul Barlow

a month ago

5

Broughton Grange Gardens are well worth a visit. Even in this hot weather there are woodlands offering shade. Tearoom and plant sales also available together with a marquee and shady seating area for your drink and biscuits. Toilets are first class too. Highly recommended.

Marybeth Harasz

a month ago

5

Wonderful garden with both modern and traditional places to enjoy. It is a large garden, so allow for a few hours to properly enjoy it all. The stumpery is well worth a meander. Very artistic.

Bel Grierson

2 months ago

5

Fantastic gardens to visit. Extensive grounds to explore and a good ploughman's lunch & cake available too.

Ionut Baesu

a year ago

5

Nice place fir a Sunday walk

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07791 747371

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