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Local Attractions – Iford Manor, Westwood Manor and Bradford on Avon

Iford Manor & Gardens: Just over a mile towards Freshford, you’ll find this Grade I Italian-style garden is famous for its tranquil beauty and was the home of architect and landscape gardener, Harold Ainsworth Peto from 1899 to 1933. This unique and romantic hillside garden is characterised by steps, terraces, sculpture and magnificent rural views.

Westwood Manor is a National Trust 15th-century beautiful stone manor house with late gothic and jacobean windows. Built over three centuries, it has decorative plasterwork, some fine period furniture, 17th- and 18th-century tapestries and a modern topiary garden. It also houses the country’s earliest Italian keyboard instrument in playing order.  Usually open during the afternoons of Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, but please check their website before visiting.

Just a little further afield out of Westwood, you’ll find The Courts, which are The National Trust’s gardens at Holt and the National Trust’s house and gardens at Great Chalfield Manor – very close to The Courts. And a little beyond again is Lacock Abbey and Gardens and the enchanting village.

Local Coffee Shops and Pubs

Westwood has its own pubThe New Inn usually open Wednesday to Saturday 1200-1500 and 1800-2200. Sundays 1200-1600. Please check their opening times on the website.

Westwood Stores Village Shop is under new management, postmaster Sam Baker will be offering coffee and homemade cakes between 0900-1430 serving breakfast, lunch and cake, delicious coffee from Roundhill Roastery and a variety of teas.  And of course post office and local shop offerings.   Her opening times will be:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 0900-1700
Wednesday, Saturday 0900-1300
Sunday closed 

and this new service starts on Tuesday, 7th May.
Out of the Nursery, turn left, left onto the road through Lower Westwood
2nd left and then bear round to the right.
20 Tynings Way, BA15 2BU

Ilford Manor now has their own coffee shop, open April to September, Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 10-1630. Some weekend opening over the winter (Thursday to Sunday) but please check their website for full details.

If you’re heading back through Freshford, then there’s The Inn at Freshford which you’ll pass on the left coming from Downside. Please see here for their opening times, but generally1100-2200 Wednesdays to Saturdays and Sunday roast 1200-1700. And The Galleries – their community coffee shop, shop and post office, turning left just past the school in the centre of Freshford. Generally open Monday to Friday 0845-1500 and Saturday and Sunday 0900-1230.

    Bradford on Avon is a charming market town, bustling with individual shops, great choices of restaurants, pubs and tea shops, historic buildings and a canal. Probably the most famous tea shop is the Victorian “Bridge Tea Rooms”. Whether your interest is in architecture dating from the Saxon times, visiting the mid-14th Century Tithe Barn or relaxing over a coffee, there’s something for you.

    If visiting Bradford after us, it will probably be easiest if you park at the station car park, turning left at the mini-roundabout (if coming from Downside) just as you’re heading into the town

    Bradford on Avon is also a great base from which to explore Bath, Stonehenge, Longleat, Stourhead, Kennet and Avon Canal and more. Bradford is only about 8 miles from Bath, where you can visit the famous Royal Crescent, Roman Baths, Thermae Bath Spa, and many museums including the recently refurbished Holburne Museum, Number One Royal Crescent and/or the Jane Austen Centre to give you but a few ideas.

    All information is given in good faith but please check out local details before setting off.

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