Mrs Wendy Dare
Mill Dene is a romantic story of a young couple falling in love with each other and a beautiful Cotswold stone water mill.
Knowing nothing about gardening the Dares set about creating one of the most interesting gardens in the Cotswolds. It is personal, witty, surprising and of course, beautiful as well as horticulturally excellent. Features of this 1Ha (2 1/2 acres) garden include a misty grotto, a bog garden and stream. There are plenty of seats from which to enjoy the mill pond and its trout, kingfisher and ducks. It is an exercise in making the most of a difficult and steep sided site. It is also an exercise in creating something beautiful in which to meditate and to nourish the senses
How to define it? An English country garden? Yes, but with fun and surprises: There is the relaxed and tranquil mill pond and grotto, then there are the hidden signs suggesting you go to Stoke on Trent (in the nicest possible way!) and a Fruit Garden with wonderful views over the hills but with gooseberry bushes under which were found the family grandchildren!! The herb potager has plants with medicinal, culinary and pot pourri uses but also aphrodisiacs!
Come and enjoy a Cream Tea by the brook and maybe spot the kingfisher. Buy some plants, alpines are the speciality this year. Mill Dene is a RHS recommended garden.
Adult £6, Concessions £5.50, £3 Child under 15 with free garden trail
Season ticket, visit as many times as you like in the year: £20 single, £35 double
Short 10/15 min talk can be given by the owner for individuals. Book ahead £10.
Group rates: a 'group' is 20 people or over and the rate is unchanged for the past three years at £5 per head.
A44 to Bourton on the Hill
Follow brown signs "Mill Dene Garden" down B4479 towards Blockley. Take 1st left behind village gates.
: 3 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh station
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit cards accepted (with charge)
- Disabled access
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for educational visits
- Gift shop
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Public toilets
- Regional Tourist Board Member
- Telephone (public)
- Welcome Host
- Accepts groups
- Facilities for corporate hospitality
- Children welcome
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Smoking not allowed
Self-Assessed Accessibility Details
- Designated parking for guests with disabilities
- Within 50 metres approx. of entrance
- The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
- is gravel
- Drop-off point for guests outside entrance
- The route from the parking area to the entrance:
- Has a ramp
- Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
- From the entrance to reception / ticket area
- To the gift shop
- Seating available for visitors with limited mobility
- Effective lighting for visually impaired visitors
- Ramp to entrance
- Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
- Good contrast between the floor and walls
All steps in the garden have grab rails and it is 50% accessible by wheelchair. Visitors are invited to ring ahead to book parking space.