The gardens were created by acclaimed garden designer and architect Harold Peto (a mentor and friend of Lutyens) and are currently under going a major replant. In 2014 Iford also celebrates the centenary of the Italianate cloister.
Lutyens spent the late 1800s travelling the Mediterranean, USA and Japan, bringing back many souvenirs, some of which constitute the statuary in the garden.
Peto built the cloister in 1914 and called it his “Haunt of Ancient Peace”.
The Peto garden at Iford received the accolade of Historic Houses Association / Christie’s “Garden of the Year” award in 1998.
The Peto garden is open to visitors, for opening times visit www.ifordmanor.co.uk
All events during the Iford Arts Festival offer a chance to relax over a pre-show picnic, whilst enjoying the peaceful tranquility of the Peto Garden. All Festival goers can pre-order picnics to collect on arrival at Iford 01225 868 124 or filling out the order form below:
Gates open at 6 pm* for picnics with most events starting at 7.30 pm.
The garden is steep in places but free porterage is available. Bring your own tables, chairs, blankets etc but please no gazebos. In bad weather shelter is provided in the tea room and under gazebos provided by Iford Arts for up to 60 people.
Operas typically have a 30 minute interval during which complimentary tea, coffee and housekeeper’s biscuits are served on the conservatory lawn.
At the end of the interval, all guests are asked to pack up their picnics. Porters will then move them down to the manor gates ready for collection at the end of the evening.
Reserved picnic areas: Prepared tables are provided for Iford Arts Angels and Patrons on opera nights, please see support pages for more details. There are no reserved areas on other nights.
*Angels, Principal Patrons and Patrons only may arrive at 5.30pm