Asthall Manor is an intriguing place – a Jacobean manor house surrounded by a garden, woodland and meadows that blend into the glorious Windrush valley landscape beyond. It is a private home that regularly welcomes visitors to wander its meandering paths, discover its secret spaces and connect with nature, art and each other.
We open often, but not according to any fixed pattern. Our acclaimed exhibition of sculpture in stone, on form, is taking a break; there will be no sculpture in the garden this summer. Instead, the garden will be open on fifteen days between mid-June and mid-July; you can find more details here, and you can find some thoughts by Asthall Manor’s owner, Rosie Pearson about the past, present and future of on form here. You can also take a look at the workshops run in the kitchen garden by the CIC we are hosting, Asthall Wild.
The garden was largely designed and planted by Isabel & Julian Bannerman in 1997-98, although we’ve let it evolve since then. Both house and garden have featured in several books and magazine articles.
The infamous Mitford sisters lived here from 1919-1926, and you can read about this and other Asthall adventures on our history page.