I can’t tell you how long I’ve wanted to visit this garden for, especially as it’s practically on my doorstep, but I’ve never really had a reason to go until the GMG organised a visit earlier this month. Barnsley House is a beautiful stone hotel & spa set in a small Cotswold village just past Bibury. The house was built in the late 1690’s.
In 1939 Barnsley House was purchased by Cecil and Linda Verey who passed it onto their son David, an architectural historian. David was married to Rosemary Verey and together they constructed a garden through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. In 1962 David brought the Temple from Fairford Park to be situated in the gardens. Rosemary Verey went on to become a noted garden designer, designing gardens for celebrities and royals alike.
We were shown round by head gardener Richard Gatenby who works extremely hard with his team to keep the gardens looking immaculate. If you haven’t been can I suggest a visit for Afternoon Tea! If you want to read more have a look at Richard’s blog here.
We started off in the Rose Garden which is the garden with the pond and the temple, separated from the rest of the garden by the most beautiful ornamental iron gates festooned with Clematis. Moving through the garden there is a beautiful combination of formal and informal. Topiary with borders of roses, lupins and foxgloves. An archway of pleached trees leads the eye to the temple and away to a beautiful water feature. Over the other side of the track there is the kitchen garden where they grow lots of fresh ingredients for the hotel to use in the kitchen. There are lots of little elements of surprise which is what I really love in a garden.