Tucked away up a single track road a few miles outside of Cirencester in the Cotswolds is beautiful Cerney House and Gardens.
The gardens are simply breathtaking – perfect in their imperfection. Flowers and flowering shrubs are everywhere you look. Visitors are welcome to wander freely and dogs are welcome. The entrance fees, shop and self-service café purchases all operate on an honesty box system – something that you just don’t really see these days.
Sir Michael and Lady Angus purchased the house in 1983. Since moving to North Cerney they have added stables, a pool, extensively renovated the Garden House, uncovered the icehouse and reformed the gardens. The main garden is surrounded by a large Victorian wall and contains a Victorian green house and bothy. The gazebo was added as a joint anniversary present in the 1990s.
When they bought Cerney House, the centre of the garden was a large lawn, where sheep were first grazed. Lady Angus and daughter Barbara worked extensively to remodel the garden to its former Victorian beauty. Lady Angus died in August 2016 and the house and gardens passed to her son Nicholas. Both he and his wife are determined to continue to develop the garden as a legacy to her.
The house is not currently open to the public.