Sunday, 27 September 2009


Last Sunday, Alan & visited THE PETO GARDEN IFORD MANOR in Wiltshire, not far from Bath.
Alan had been there recently to take some photos of IFORD IN 3D and thought I'd like the area so we both went there this time.
Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for "tranquil visits". This meant no screaming babies or children running around. You could really soak up the atmosphere, it was very peaceful... ;-))

Click on the pictures for more detailed information on Harold Ainsworth Peto and the garden

We began by having tea and cakes in the tea-room garden. Between us we shared a slice of carrot cake, coffee cake and a Victoria sponge...All homemade and tasted delicious!

After our refreshments, we began our walk around the Grade I Italian styled garden. The garden was designed by Harold Ainsworth Peto (architect & designer) and was inspired by Italy and the gardens of ancient Rome.

There are some lovely views from the garden

Over looking Iford Manor

The Cloister

Opera & jazz festivals are held here

It is strange but you could actually believe that you might be somewhere in Italy rather than Wiltshire, especially on a hot sunny day.

Make a wish...

After we finished walking around in the garden we explored the tiny village of Iford which is in Somerset. The Iford Manor which is only yards away is over the border in the county of Wiltshire!

A perfect way to spend a peaceful Sunday afternoon.

A bientôt!

Isabelle x


Michela said...

Hi Isabelle! Thank you for sharing your charming walk! Some corners of these gardens are really Italian-looking!

Pomona said...

What a beautiful, beautiful garden - and made perfect by the presence of cake!

Pomona x

Bonjour Madame said...

Isabelle, this is absolutely lovely and inspirational. Thank you for sharing this and all of the lovely photos.


koralee said...

How amazingly lovely...thanks a million for the tour this fine Sunday Morning!

Anna said...

Oh so beautiful! Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!

Anna x

Simone said...

The Italian inspired gardens look beautiful in the sunshine and I bet you really could feel as though you were abroad. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Sunday afternoon! x

Lyn said...

Wow what a great place. I love the photographs, thanks for sharing them.

Bleudelavande said...

Hi Isabelle, wath wonderful walk you have had, so charming and poetic!!! Tank you for sharing! I'm dreaming to be there!!!!
Have a nice week . Take care my friend.Warm hugs.

Fabulous Finds Gal said...

How amazingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Fabulous Finds Gal

Fabulous Finds Gal said...

How amazingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Fabulous Finds Gal

Fabulous Finds Gal said...

How amazingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Fabulous Finds Gal

Fabulous Finds Gal said...

How amazingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Fabulous Finds Gal

Fabulous Finds Gal said...

How amazingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Fabulous Finds Gal

LiLi M. said...

What a divine place! Just like you say, it was the perfect day for visiting a garden in Italian style, here too it was Summer today! Love your photos and I love the concept of 'tranquil visits'!! Would be unthinkable here. Have a nice sunday evening!

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful tranquil place! The pictures are amazing! You are so fortunate to have spent time there. Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

andamento said...

Beautiful photos, it looks a lovely place to visit.

Les Cotrions said...

Waw Isabelle! What an enchanting place to visit! The garden and the Manor are faboulous and the cloister...fantastic!!!
Thanks for this enchanting tour!
Happy new week!

bellaboo said...

What a lovely day you've had,and the photos illustrate it beautifully!Just the kind of day out we enjoy too.
Have a good week.


Maison Douce said...

What a stunning setting! Absolutely breathtaking! Thank you for sharing...!

Dustjacket Attic said...

I enjoyed these so much. I just love the tours you take us on. I so wish I had all that near me.

Oh well I will just have to list your tours if I come over.

June said...

Isabelle, what a perfectly enchanting place. Is there any place in your country that is not beautiful? The manor, the gardens are all so amazing. I could look at these photos all day and never tire of them. I'm sure I will have to visit this post again.

Lisa said...

A truly stunning place, thanks for sharing all those images. Did someone say coffee cake? Yum!

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Hello Isabelle,

That is a beautiful way for me to start my Monday. Thank you for sharing such a lovely place. It looks so tranquil and I would dearly love to attend an Opera there. xx

BusyLizzie said...

What an amazing place! We lived near it for years.. but never visited! (although I am not sure it was open to the public 20 yrs ago?) Beautiful piccies, thank you for sharing. Lizzie x

sue15cat said...

What gorgeous, gorgeous photos. It looks a lovely place for a nice peaceful visit. said...

hi....hoping your summer was filled with love and laughter..
gorgeous shots..
I see you have a few new blogs
off to visit.
always enjoy my visits..
I had an unbelievable summer.

mona & the girls

lou said...

So beautiful…I would have been in heaven looking around the garden. Thanks for sharing!

Love Lou xxx

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

Thank you for sharing this charming place with heavenly gardens!