A fine Jacobean house (1612) in Cotswold stone, overlooking a valley. The garden has features from several periods: (1) an astronomical garden, which is analysed by Roy Strong in his book on The Renaissance Garden in England (Strong believes the design may have been influenced by Robert Smythson's design for Twickenham Park) (2) a lake with an island, a Chinese bridge and a pagoda, (3) a herbaceous border planted according to Gertrude Jekyll's 'JMW Turner' colour scheme (4) a croquet lawn: the rules of croquet were codified at Chastleton.
Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire, England, GL56 0SU
April to October. Wednesday to Saturday. Admission by advance booking (tel 01608 674355). Open 1pm to 5pm (4pm in October).