You never know what you might see on one of our Cotswold Day Tours and today we visited somewhere stunning!
Ilmington is a peaceful ancient hillside Cotswold village 8 miles south of Stratford on Avon which is the highest village in Warwickshire. The village has a primary school, a couple of pubs (The Howard Arms and The Red Lion), a Norman Church – which can only be accessed by a pathway, not a road – a Morris Men group, Post office, village shop, football club and a village hall! Seeped in history, many Saxon and Roman artefacts have been excavated in the village. The residents, of which there are about 50, are called “Ilmingtonians”.
Ilmington is well known for its ‘Apple Day’, This begins with a viewing of the Apple Map in the church before a search for some of the 38 different apple varieties grown in the village. Many people come to the Apple Days which celebrate the history of the small orchards in the village.
Nestled among the slopes of Ilmington Downs you’ll find the rambling Elizabethan Cotswold stone manor house which we visited today called Ilmington Manor . Built in 1590 for Sir Thomas Andrews, the house fell into neglect during the 19th century, but was restored in the 20th century and now boasts three beautiful acres of gardens. In 1934 the Royal Christmas Message broadcast by King George V of England was relayed worldwide from Ilmington Manor.
The three acres of gardens is home to swathes of daffodils in the spring and masses of roses in the summer. You’ll also find extensive topiary, an ornamental fish pond and ornamental trees. You can visit the gardens by special appointment or take advantage of the National Gardens open for charity scheme. On the National Gardens days, held throughout the year, you’ll get to enjoy around 10 spectacular gardens in the area for very reasonable rates. You might get to see cottage gardens, orchards, wildlife ponds, and all sorts of garden design and landscaping.
The Elizabethan poet Sir Thomas Overbury was born at Compton Scorpion Manor, just south of the village.
If you’re eager to see some of the most stunning scenery in England AND spend time in our family home, book one of our Cotswold Day Tours today!