Westbury Court Garden
Gloucestershire GL14 1PD
Approximately 10 miles (16 km) from Gloucester on the A38 road to Chepstow and South Wales, is a unique Dutch water-garden. It is the only one in the country, and luckily it escaped the naturalistic landscaping favoured by Repton and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown so is a true relic of a late 17th century garden.
The writer remembers it when it was part of Mrs Colchester-Wemyss’ home. She lived in the magnificent 17th century house that has sadly been demolished. Some idea of the style of the house can be gained from the remaining pavilions in the garden.
Once a year she would kindly make her glorious gardens available for the Parish to hold the church fete and we children would get to roam around under the ancient trees and along the canals.
The gardens are beautifully looked after by the National Trust, and are planted exclusively with species of plants available before 1700.
The long canal was laid out in 1696 by Maynard Colchester. Beside it is a formal parterre garden, the box cut into topiary ball and cone shapes.
This garden is surrounded by yew hedges and provides a peaceful setting for the Tall Pavilion. There is a small walled garden growing a collection of perennials of the 17th century.
Espaliered against the warm red brick walls are peach, apricot and cherry trees and old varieties of plum and apple trees. Around their feet grow daffodils, anemones, muscari and ranunculus.
Two magnificent trees dominate the garden, the Tulip Tree and the evergreen Holm Oak. The oak is believed to be the largest and the oldest in the country. The trees are believed to date from Maynard Colchester’s time.
Despite being right beside the busy A38 main road, the garden is protected by its walls and remains a remarkably intimate refuge.
Whilst visiting the gardens, why not spend an extra couple of hours and visit the Westbury Parish Church with its detatched bell tower and historic graves and finish off with a lunch at the Westbury-on-Severn Red Lion Inn. This pub dates back to the early 1700's. The church and the pub are only a 150m walk from the water gardens.
Plan Your Visit
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Westbury Court is open from March to October each year. Please check current opening days and times on the National Trust website - link below.
National Trust Members: Free.
General admission costs are listed on the National Trust web site below.
Accessible. Disabled Toilets on site.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1452 760 461
- By Car and Bus from Gloucester
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