About the garden
William & Marianne Cartwright-Hignett
As featured in the heart of The Secret Garden film, this romantic, award-winning Grade I registered garden is an exemplar of garden design with its architecture, use of space and sense of place providing inspiration to many.
With a history dating back to medieval times, the present-day 2.5-acre garden was largely created by famed Edwardian architect and garden designer Harold Peto who lived at Iford from 1899-1933. Drawing inspiration from his travels around the world, particularly to Italy and Japan, Peto laid out a romantic garden on the old terraces of a steep hillside, which he embellished with a collection of classical statuary and architectural fragments. Steep flights of steps link the terraces with their pools, fountains, loggias, colonnades, urns and figures, all with magnificent rural views across the Iford Valley.
The Cartwright-Hignett family have restored the garden and added the new Japanese Garden, Italian parterre and woodland walks created by John Hignett. Troy Scott-Smith was recently appointed Head Gardener (he was formerly Head Gardener at Sissinghurst and Bodnant) and is working closely with the next generation of the family to implement their vision for the new chapter of the garden, restoring the Georgian woodland walks and expanding the garden yet further.