Birdsong Weekend

Jun 14, 2019

14th, 15th & 16th June

The main opportunity this summer to visit Asthall Manor’s garden, in its year off from on form sculpture. Please see the programme below and links to book.

Birdsong Walks 

Walks around Asthall Manor’s garden, led by Peter Cowdrey of Planet Birdsong ( The walks will focus on differentiating the songs and calls of a few common species.

Birdsong Concerts 

Two garden concerts by The Conference of Birds (, of birdsong-inspired music interspersed with wild gypsy fiddling as the real birds of Asthall sing around the natural pool. 

Studio Visits - Sing like a bird studio visit

Throughout the weekend, bookable 10-minute slots in a studio run by film-maker Sunny Moodie, who will turn you into the bird of your choice, by filming you reproducing a slowed down birdsong, speeding it up to the speed of the original birdsong, and playing it back. 

To book tickets, please select your event and time below:


Birdsong Walk Friday 14th June 7 pm

Studio visits email: [email protected] for available slots


Dawn Chorus Birdsong Walk Saturday 15th June 5 am

Birdsong Walk Saturday 15th June 12 pm

Birdsong Walk Saturday 15th June 3 pm

Birdsong Walk Saturday 15th June 6 pm

Birdsong Concert Saturday 15th June 7.30 pm

Studio visits email: [email protected] for available slots


Birdsong Walk Sunday 16th June 11 am

Birdsong Concert Sunday 15th June 12 pm

Studio visits email: [email protected] for available slots


No access to the garden without a place on one of these events, apart from: Sunday afternoon 2-6pm, when the garden is open for the National Garden Scheme. £7.50

All proceeds will be going to: Planet Birdsong 

No dogs apart from guide dogs

The Potting Shed café in Asthall Manor’s walled garden will be open during this weekend – no booking required.

Ruth White yoga classes

Jan 07, 2019

Weekly classes are held during the school terms, and taught by Ruth and John White. They run from 7.30-9.00pm on Monday evenings. There is no need to book, but please come a little early if it is your first time. 

The Autumn term runs from 7th January to 1st April 2019.  No class on February 18th for half term.

For more information on term dates, prices and their practice, visit their website  or telephone 01608 651189/01608 652272.

Painting Workshop with Kieran Stiles

Mar 29, 2019

Joan Eardley - Impasto oils

Friday 29th March 10.30 - 4 pm


The paintings of Joan Eardley are more of an emotional response to the landscape, than direct observation. When painting in this way, one has to take a ‘playful leap of imagination’ in terms of use of colour and interpretation of form. In this all day workshop discover how to enhance the three dimensionality of forms by applying thick sticky oil paint (detail top left) and make linear definition by scoring with a the end of the brush. (below left and right). Also learn step by step how to simplify an image in an attempt to capture its essence rather than interpret fine detail. 

Please bring a selection of photographs to work from as source material (examples given when booking). All materials included, apart from a sketchbook for notes and preparatory studies, which you will need to bring. 

To book, email: [email protected] 

Recharge and Revive - One day retreat

Mar 30, 2019

A nurturing one day retreat in the Cotswolds. A moment of peace in our often busy and stressful lives.  

Set in the peaceful and harmonious setting of Asthall Manor the day will begin with a restorative yoga flow and meditation session. This will be followed by a delicious vegan lunch and a chance to experience the magical gardens. After lunch, there will be a sonic meditation and chakra discussion.

We will finish with a special sound healing from gong practitioner Carole Love, followed by tea and discussion on movement and mind, body connection.

We are excited to welcome you to this special day.

This day is 10.30-4pm and £95. 

To book your place, email [email protected] and [email protected]

Painting workshop with Kieran Stiles

Apr 12, 2019

John Knapp - Fisher Oils

Friday 12th April 1 - 4 pm

In this oil painting workshop, explore the links between the landscape techniques of John Piper and John Knapp Fisher.

All materials included, except please bring a sketchbook with you for notes and preparatory sketches, also bring photographs of Welsh (or similar) landscapes as reference material.


To book, email: [email protected] 

​Tania Llewellyn & Louisa Maybury in the Ballroom - 1st May 10-7 pm & 2nd May 9-5 pm

May 01, 2019

Tania Llewellyn will be launching their Spring/Summer collection - "We have a lovely collection that I design and produce with care in Jaipur, India. We look forward to seeing you at Asthall and helping you to choose the right style and fit. Please see my for more information"

Louisa Maybury will be bringing her collection of newly selected home wares.

Choose from a colourful selection of kilims, indigo bedcovers, velvet cushions, exquisite hand block printed throws, glass paintings and a range of pretty jewellery.

You are bound to find just the right additions to refresh your home.
Please also see Louisa's website 

Asthall Manor, Ballroom and Gardens

Asthall Manor, overlooking the swans and stumpy willows of the Windrush Valley, dates from the early seventeenth century, but probably occupies a medieval site. Lady Joan Cornwall and her son Sir Edmund Cornwall are believed to have lived in it during the fourteenth century.

The present house – or an earlier version of it – was probably built for the Jones family, who occupied it until the 1670s or 1680s, followed by the Peacock family, and then, from then mid-eighteenth century and for much of the nineteenth, by the Bateman family.

The Manor was a convalescent home during the first world war, and in 1919 it was bought by Lord Redesdale, father of Nancy and the other Mitfords. It was on Asthall Manor, as well as the Redesdales’ other houses, that Nancy’s fictional Alconleigh is based. In 1926, the Manor was sold to the Hardcastle family, who retained it until 1997.

The present symmetrical appearance of the house has resulted from alterations made for the Batemans in the nineteenth century, and for Lord Redesdale in the 1920s. Lord Redesdale also converted the barn into a ballroom/library, with its huge bay window and Jacobean-style ceiling, and built the cloisters to connect this new ballroom and the rooms above it to the main house. The house was slightly reduced in size by the present owner in 1998-9.

A more extensive history of Asthall, written by R.B. Peberdy for the Victoria County History series, can be found here.

The Ballroom at Asthall Manor is available for hire for life-enhancing events. click here for details. Please note, we do not take bookings for weddings.

The gardens were designed by I & J Bannerman in 1998. Their aim was to allow the garden to flow into the Windrush Valley landscape beyond it. The gardens blend form and freedom, open views and secret spaces. Long tranquil walks bordered with sharp wedges of yew, vast beeches enclosing a hidden lake, orchards sloping down to the mill stream, stone tubs overgrown with roses and a formal box-bordered parterre provide a quintessentially English setting for fine art. Asthall Manor’s entrance is notable for the sculptures by Anthony Turner which adorn its gateposts.

The garden has recently featured in the following books: Landscape of Dreams,  Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds and English Gardens, and has been the subject of many newspaper and magazine articles, most of which can be found here.  Most recently, head gardener Mark Edwards was interviewed on his innovative techniques of rose pruning for the Telegraph's Saturday garden section.

Volunteer with us: From time to time we take volunteers in the garden through the organisation WWOOF (Worldwide opportunities on organic farms):

Jamaica We have a small guest house in Jamaica click here for further details