Ridleys Cheer, dating from the 18th century, was substantially enlarged in two main stages in the latter part of the 20th century.
Accommodation for up to 6 guests. 1 double en suite room, 1 double and 1 twin room with shared bathroom.
Wake up to wonderful views across the garden and enjoy a morning stroll, the air heavy with the pervading scent of roses, philadelphus, elaeagnus to mention just a few.
The garden is listed in Tim Mowl's Historic Gardens of Wiltshire, though it is, of course in no way historic, but is included as an example of late 20th century gardens.
In warm summer weather breakfast may be served outside on the terrace, and guests are welcome to spend the day in the garden if they so wish.
Dinner is available, subject to being ordered in advance. Packed lunches can be ordered and afternoon tea is offered on arrival.
Outside, the garden (open for National Gardens Scheme and for private groups) is planted with a tremendous array of old-fashioned roses, acers, magnolias, daphnes, deutzias - a genuine plantsman's paradise, including a potager, arboretum and wildflower meadow, extending to some 14 acres. A dew pond, using puddled blue clay, was added in October 2009.
Plants propagated from the garden are offered for sale.
Guests can arrange private cooking tuition with Sue who is a Cordon Bleu trained cook, and/or garden design advice from Antony.
For energetic guests there is a hard tennis court and there is plenty of scope for walking.
To find Ridleys Cheer from the M4 take exit 17 and follow A350 to Chippenham. At Chippenham take A420 towards Bristol East and after 9 miles, at The Shoe turn right at x roads, signed Grittleton. Then take 2nd left and 1st right into Mountain Bower. Ridleys Cheer is the last house on the left and opposite is a young oak with a fringe of clipped box around its base. Park on the gravel drive opposite the house.
Charges for 2013
Bed and breakfast from £55 per person
Dinner £45 per person
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This page was last updated: 14 November 2012