Abbey House Garden
Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9AS
Abbey House Gardens, is a stone’s throw from Malmesbury Abbey and is a significant garden in the Cotswolds. It shot to fame under its previous owners who were naturists and could be seen at work in the garden covered by little more than a tool belt.
Outraged locals (we're told that some were so outraged that they had to stand on a box for a better look) calmed down after a while. Fame followed, with Gordon Ramsey and Alan Titchmarsh/BBC Gardener's World amongst those who filmed the Adam and Eve experience. The current owners are a tad more conventional, but have retained the tradition of a few ‘clothes-optional’ days during the year (one a month through the warmer months), really as a service to those who enjoyed them so much. You may like to double check dates on the web site if likely to be offended.
The garden’s the thing though. Abbey House Garden is a beautiful spot, lovingly created and tended on a 5 acre site in the centre of Malmesbury. The site is where monks cultivated medicinal herbs and was also the Abbot’s garden.
In Spring, the colourful borders are well stocked with daffodils and tens of thousands of tulips. In summer, thousands of roses combine with herbaceous borders in a beautiful display. Appropriately, the garden is also well stocked with a mass of herbs - rosemary, mints, echinacea, thyme, sage and lavender with decorative vegetables such as Swiss chard, summer squash and cabbage.
From the main gardens by the house, head down to a lower, terraced area which features specimen trees (especially acers) and shade-loving plants.
Dogs are welcome (on a close lead). Cafe on site. Malmesbury is a small, lesser-known Cotswold town with plenty of charm and walks from its hilltop position. The Abbey is, of course, the heart of the town.
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