Historic house, Rodmarton Manor was one of the last country houses to be built by hand with local stone, local timber and local craftsmen
to ideals governed by the Arts and Crafts Movement. The house was built during the early part of the twentieth century for
Claud and Margaret Biddulph and took over 20 years to complete.
The house and gardens were designed by Ernest Barnsley who lived at nearby Sapperton, and who, incidently designed several buildings in Sapperton. Work started on the garden under the leadership of Margaret Biddulph and her head gardener, whilst the house was being built. Originally the garden was designed as a series of outdoor rooms each with its own theme and surrounded by walls or hedges of holly, box, beech or yew and consisted of borders, lawns, topiary and the usual kitchen garden.
Today, there are remains of the original designs but the scheme now includes a winter garden, troughery for alpines, the topiary which is an original feature, sunken garden and cherry orchard, plantings of shrubs and roses, a rockery, croquet lawn and a wild garden. Herbaceous borders are full of interest throughout the summer months, reaching a peak late in June but plants continuing to the end of the summer.
There is ample parking for cars. Visitors with disabilities are welcome and wheelchairs users can see the ground floor of the house and most of the garden. There are WCs in the grounds.
Refreshments available on most open days.
Please visit the Rodmarton Manor and Gardens website for current opening times and admission charges.
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