The Garden Guide

Farnborough Hall Garden

A mid-eighteenth century stone house with a landscape garden designed with the help of Sanderson Miller. There is a great S-shaped terrace with two temples giving outward views. As the Oxford Companion to Gardens notes 'This majestic concept was conceived in the early days of the English landscape movement and ranks with Rievaulx Terrace and Castle Howard as steps toward the landscape parks of the late eighteenth century'. However, a keen gardener told Graham Stuart Thomas that 'There is only a grass walk, and a couple of temples. There is no real garden'. The two pools at Farnborough Hall, now dredged, would give him something else to look at. A series of waterside and woodland paths have been created in the Sourlands area of the park.
Photograph © NTPL
Photograph © NTPL

Banbury, Warwickshire, England, OX17 1DU

April to September., Wednesday and Saturday., Also open Sunday and Monday of the first bank holiday weekend in May., Open 2pm to 5:30pm.

House, Garden and Terrace Walk: £4.50

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