The view from the kitchen garden © Paul Watson

The view from the kitchen garden

A Jacobean treasure to explore

How does our unique approach to conserving the house as it was found, translate to the garden, where living things grow and change? The garden still largely has it's Jacobean layout, with divisions according to use, but there are nods to changing garden fashions still preserving it's secret garden feel of 'romantic neglect'.

Anyone for croquet?

Anyone for croquet?

Anyone for croquet?

From April to September, you can enjoy a game of croquet on the lawns where the rules of the game were invented.  You might even catch our volunteer croquet team playing a demonstration game in their whites. Once bowling lawns and overlooked from the terrace, they had become overgrown with nettles and brambles but have now been restored and are maintained by our garden team. Croquet on the lawns at Chastleton is a unique experience enjoyed by our visitors.

The garden presents an intimate and beautiful setting for the house, views from the windows draw you out to explore the topiary, kitchen garden and wilderness, or just to sit in the sunshine or the shade of the trees.


Don't miss...

  • Seasonal fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden
  • The mulberry tree believed to be nearly 400 years old
  • The mysterious fruit of the medlar tree
  • Our bee hives producing honey for sale
  • The cloud-form topiary shapes – what can you find?

A ring of fascinating topiary

clipping the topiary

You might see our garden volunteers clipping the topiary to keep it in its cloud form shapes. Its fun to try and guess what they might have been, some are easier than others!

Our natural neighbours

A boy looking at flowers in the gardens at Chastleton House, Oxfordshire

Families can discover more about Chastleton's wilder residents with our free explorer packs.

Join our free garden tours

A family looks at bees, Chastleton House Apple Day

There are free guided tours of the garden most open afternoons and a chance to see how our garden changes through the seasons. Learn about our wild life, kitchen gardening, topiary or even beekeeping!