Garden openings summer 2017
Jan 17, 2017
This is our year off from on form, but we are open on the weekend of 17-18 June. Sunday 18 June is our regular opening for the National Gardens Scheme., from 2-6pm. This year, we are also planning to open for charity the day before this, with the added attraction of some very special performances and carefully chosen products for sale. This event is in early planning stages, so watch this space for more details in March. We do open the garden to groups, but our group visits are fully booked for 2017.
Spring Bazaar 2017
May 04, 2017
Ruth White yoga classes
Jan 09, 2017
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.
Winter term starts Monday 9th January - Monday 3rd April 2017
There will be no class on 13th February.
For more information on term dates, prices and their practice, visit their website, or telephone 01993 831032
Anna Chern Yoga classes
Nov 16, 2016
Classes are on Wednesdays from 10am to 11am on 25th January - 22nd March, 5th April - 10th May, 24th May, 14th & 21st June.
For more details please contact Anna Chern firstname.lastname@example.org 01386 700963
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.
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.
Asthall Manor's gardens will next be open for the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 18 June 2017, from 2pm to 6pm.
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.
Jamaica We have a small guest house in Jamaica click here for further details