History

The tall pavilion at Westbury had to be re-built when we took care of it © National Trust

The tall pavilion at Westbury had to be re-built when we took care of it

A great restoration story

Originally laid out between 1696 and 1705, Westbury Court Garden is one of the only surviving 17th-century Dutch water gardens in the UK.

Visiting us feels like you have stepped back in time, to a place of elegance and calm, with straight canals reflecting the sky, clipped hedges, ornate garden buildings and old-fashioned orchards.

Johannes Kip

The 1707 engraving of Westbury Court Garden by Johannes Kip was invaluable in the restoration of the garden after we bought the land in a state of rack and ruin in 1967.

Hanbury Hall is the same period

Hanbury's gardens were created around the same time as Westbury Court's © Alice Eddy

Hanbury's gardens were created around the same time as Westbury Court's

Hanbury Hall and Gardens are of the same period as Westbury Court Garden, but theirs was a much larger and wealthier estate. The planting there is similar to ours.

Their gardens include the intricately laid out parterre, fruit garden, grove, orangery, orchard and bowling green.

The country house, built in 1701 by Thomas Vernon is open to visitors.

Dyrham Park lost a lot of its similarity

Spot the deer in the park at Dyrham © Dyrham Park

Spot the deer in the park at Dyrham

Just like Westbury, Dyrham Park used to be one of the best Dutch style Gardens in the UK outside of Hampton Court (London).

However, during the landscape movement of the 1740s and 1750s, William Blathwayt removed all of the intricate planting to create open grassland and deerpark.

Today, the park and gardens at Dyrham offer quiet spaces in which to take a relaxing wander.

Family links to Tredegar House

The orchards of Tredegar House © National Trust

The orchards of Tredegar House

In the early 1700s, Jane, the daughter of Maynard Colechester, owner of Westbury Court, married into the Morgan family of Tredegar House.

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