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 – in more usual times – regularly welcomes visitors to wander its meandering paths, discover its secret spaces and connect with nature, art and each other.
The garden was designed and largely planted by Isabel & Julian Bannerman in 1997-98, and has featured in several books and magazine articles. It is open once or twice most years for the National Garden Scheme, and occasionally for other events.
The main opportunity to visit is during the acclaimed on form exhibition of sculpture in stone. This is biennial, and normally takes places in the even years (2018, 2020…) using the grounds and a few of the Manor’s interiors as a backdrop. Due to our closure in 2020, we are now planning to open the gardens for on form unlocked in May 2021. The best way to be informed of what is happening is to sign up to our mailing list or follow us on instagram.
There are plans afoot to make fuller use of the Manor’s walled garden, which currently houses the Potting Shed cafe (an occasional pop-up) as well as compost heaps, vegetable beds (converting to no-dig), and a big all-purpose barn.
The infamous Mitford sisters lived here from 1919-1926, and you can read about this and other Asthall adventures on our history page.