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The Manor House Bourton House border The Raised Walk.
Since Saxon times, the stone built village of Bourton on the Hill has hugged the Cotswold escarpment. Built on monastic lands, Bourton House, its brewhouse stables and coach house have created a courtyard since the late 16th century. The adjacent Tithe Barn preserves the dedication stone of 1570 with the initials RP for the then owner Richard Palmer. It has been classified as a grade 1 building.
Bourton House as we see it today was rebuilt on the original footprint by Andrew Popham the grandson of a Cromwellian general at the beginning of the 18th century.

Following a succession of owners, the house and its overgrown and unkept three acre garden were purchased by the present owners Richard and Monique Paice in 1983; and the ornamental garden with its late 17th century raised walk overlooking rolling hills together with its original kitchen garden and orchard has been transformed by the new owners over the last 25 years.

The Paice's first opened to the public on a single Sunday in 1987 under the auspices of the National Garden Scheme. This was an exciting time; they had only just begun to take on a neglected wilderness with the hope of turning it into a cared for setting. This first step culminated in Bourton House Garden winning the 2006 Historic Houses Association and Christie's Garden of the Year Award which was presented to the garden in May 2007.

Our visit to this very pleasant garden was in mid October when most of the summer colour was over, so we must return to view the spring and mid summer planting.
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Parterre Garden. Rear paved patio. The Knot Garden.