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.

Calendar of the Rose Pruning Workshop - moved to 2nd March 2019

Mar 02, 2019

Kieran Stiles Art Workshops - Watercolour to oils

Feb 22, 2019

Over two Fridays learn how watercolour studies can be useful in opening up interesting ideas about image-making during the process of translating a landscape into oils. 

In the first week on 22nd Feb we look at the textural wax-resist techniques of Norman Ackroyd RA (above left) which create a subtle granular appearance in his water colour studies.

The second session on 1st March we focus on methods of translation from the watercolour studies into oil paintings. Learn how to use expressive and experimental painting techniques (above right) to gradually build an interesting textural surface. 

The subject for these workshops is grassy wetland landscapes. Please bring a selection of favourite photographs to work from as source material (example below right).  All materials included, apart from a sketchbook for notes and preparatory studies, which you will need to bring. 

Friday 22nd Feb & 1st March 1-4.30 pm

£110 for the two sessions

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]

Birdsong Weekend

Jun 14, 2019

14th, 15th & 16th June

This is the only opportunity this summer to visit Asthall Manor’s garden, in its year off from on form sculpture. 

Throughout the weekend, the programme will include: 

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

Sing like a Bird: a unique studio experience, filming and re-producing you as a bird of your choice. (bookable 10-minute slots). 

There will also be two garden concerts on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, 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. 

Further details and booking information to follow

Feb 17, 2019

​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