Kiftsgate Court was built in 1887-91 by Sydney Graves Hamilton. He owned a large manor house in Mickleton and moved the façade (Georgian front with a high portico) of it to the new location incorporating it in the new house. In the mid 1950s three sides of the courtyard containing sixteen rooms were demolished.
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Kiftsgate Court Gardens were created by three generations of women gardeners—Heather Muir, Diany Binny, and Anne Chambers-- and include species from around the world. 2019 is the centenary of the garden.
The upper garden focuses on colour schemes while the lower one is for Mediterranean plants and species trees. The gardens are designed to be interconnecting and include a white sunken garden with a central fountain and pool. Hydrangeas are a special feature of this garden. The entrance to the tearoom is off a section of the garden called Four Squares and a Terrace. A magnolia and raised borders bloom here. A sundial sits in the middle of the four squares.
A wide border is planted with summer blooming shrubs and herbaceous plants reflecting the colours of crimson, pink, mauve, and purple. Rhododendrons and azaleas bloom in the Bridge Border section while old fashioned roses bloom in their own border section. A Kiftsgate rose is a special feature. A yellow border reflects the colours of blue, yellow, and orange.
A North Border has plants that survive in a colder and less hospital soil. Nearby are Scotch firs. Down the hill, under the pines, terraces create their own attraction.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Four miles north-east of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
Tel. 0 1386 438 777
Open: April, Sep, Sun, Mon, Wed, 2-6pm; May, June, July, Sat-Wed, noon-6pm; Aug, Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun, 2-6pm
Historic Houses Association member; light lunches in May, June, July, teas other months; parking; gift shop; plants
Web: Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Photos courtesy of Geograph Britain and Ireland as follows:
Court and gardens, water garden, and lower garden by Jerry Evans;
view from summerhouse on lower terrace by Iain Crump