The view from the kitchen garden © Paul Watson

The view from the kitchen garden

A Jacobean treasure to explore

We've taken a unique approach to conservation at the house, with the 'conserve as found' philosophy – but how does that translate to the garden, where living things grow and change? The garden retains its Jacobean layout, with divisions into compartments divided according to use.

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

Inside the topiary garden at Chastleton

Whilst the garden has evolved over the years (influenced by gardening fashions and the financial fortunes of residents), the basic Jacobean layout remains unchanged.  This can be seen in the facinating topiary of the Best garden.

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 guided tours

A family looks at bees, Chastleton House Apple Day

There are free guided tours of the garden most afternoons during the open season and special events throughout the year to really bring our garden to life. Learn about beekeeping and honey, birds, apples and beyond.