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Great Chalfield Manor Garden

Great Chalfield Manor & Garden, near Melksham, National Trust

Great Chalfield manor and Garden was given to the National Trust in 1943.

History - Great Chalfield Manor and Gardens  The moated Manor House was built  around 1465 and fully restored in 1905. The gardens were designed by Alfred Parsons RA, PRWS in 1905-1912 with an Arts and Crafts influence. The Garden  layout is comparable to Great Dixter in Sussex with similar hard landscaping.

What to see at Great Chalfield

  • Patsy Floyd and her team have made excellent progress in in the garden, which can now be considered one of the best in Wiltshire.
  • The gardens surround the property and at the back lead down to a spring fed moat and fishpond.
  • There are some very colourful borders in many parts of the garden and you will also notice the unusual Yew Topiary pavilions in the form of houses - but without windows.
  • Autumn borders extend the season into October.
  • The orchard leading down to the lower moat is kept for wild flowers and overall the garden has a calming romantic atmosphere.
  • In February the gardens have an open day for snowdrops and hellebores
  • There are guided tours of the historic Manor House which are well worth  doing.
  • All Saints' Church, close to the front of the house, is a small church dating from the 14th century and is normally open.

Great Chalfield - Drama, TV, Film location

  • Poldark
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  • Wolf Hall
  • Persuasion
  • Wives and Daughters

Great Chalfield Manor - National Trust Opening Times - see latest information by visiting website.
Wheelchair access to the garden is possible on two levels to avoid flights of steps. Partial disabled access in the house in Hall & Dining Room only, a photo album of upper rooms is available
Snowdrops - normally open for charity  February - check website for details

When is the best time to visit?
There is something to see in every season from April to October
Is Great Chalfield National Trust?
Yes - entrance is free to members
Are dogs allowed?
Dogs are not allowed in the grounds

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  • Telephone: 01225 782239
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  • Street: Great Chalfield Manor
  • Postcode: SN12 8NH
  • City: Melksham
  • County: Wiltshire
  • Country: United Kingdom


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