Asthall Manor, standing next to St Nicholas’s Church in the hamlet of Asthall in the beautiful Windrush Valley, is a private home with a unique history. It is one of the houses on which Nancy Mitford’s fictional Alconleigh was based.
Every two years Asthall comes alive for the acclaimed on form exhibition of sculpture in stone. This is the main opportunity to visit Asthall Manor, as its garden and many of its indoor spaces form the background to the exhibition. Asthall’s 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.