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Cerney House Gardens is a romantic, secret place in the Cotswolds, near to Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. They are part of the home of the Angus family. Set around a Victorian walled garden, they are described by Country Living as "what most people aspire to in their gardens – and few achieve". The late Lady Angus and her daughter Barbara developed the garden over the years with a lot of help from nature itself. Barbara had little garden experience when they first arrived but luckily Lady Angus had. When they viewed the property it was the walled garden that they first fell in love with. This was in the summer and they fell in love all over again when the following spring bulbs erupted from all corners.

The first few years were not kind to the garden when valuable gardening hours were given to renovating and altering their respective properties and by the time serious thought was given to the grounds nature at its worst had made her mark. Following the arrival of Barbara’s third son Luke she decided that a career change from her teaching was called for and asked her mother for ideas. The one that had appeal set them on the path of restoring and enlarging the gardens that you now see.

Organic in approach plants tumble happily over each other and fill the air with perfume. There are signs of pests and diseases but butterflies and bees give their seal of approval and add to the feeling of a special place. Herbaceous borders are packed with old-fashioned favourites and surrounded by roses and companion climbers. There is a working Kitchen Garden that supplies family and friends. There is a well-labelled herb garden, once home to Boris the Roman snail. It has two areas one a medicinal garden all based on Culpepper that shows how the plants look, but makes no guarantees to the reliability of the cures, and then a culinary part that also shows you plants for infusions and teas. You can walk through the wild flower bank or the woodlands.

Snowdrops give way to daffodils and carpets of bluebells follow early spring flowers. The summer is a tapestry of shape and colour that changes with the parkland trees to the rich colours of autumn.

This is a family run garden where everyone can give a hand including the pets. Sylvia, Zoe, Gill and work part time and Fran & James do everything else full time. Lady Angus has been the inspiration for the garden.


Come and visit us soon at
Cerney Gardens

7 days a week, 10am till 5pm, Open 1st January until (snowdrops) to end of November. Closed in December.
For group bookings and visits outside these times, please contact us by e-mail.

+44 (0)1285 831 300
Admission Prices £5 adults, £1 children

Plants for sale, Pottery and Gift Shop. Dogs very welcome. Refreshments available. Gates and plants stands, Firefly Fabrication.


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