Rousham House & Garden

Rousham House & Garden: Hours, Address, Rousham House & Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Rousham House & Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Rolin22
Southampton, UK134 contributions
Aug 2021
Enjoyed a couple of hours wandering around the different areas of these lovely gardens. Plenty of seats to enjoy a picnic.
Written August 25, 2021
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keith h
Chesham, UK719 contributions
Aug 2021
Rousham really deserves all the praise it receives.
This was my first visit & I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed it.
Apart from the beauty of the House & Gardens it is the lack of commercialism that really sets the seal on one's experience.
There are no refreshments available, no gift shop ( just a box of apples from the Garden which are free ), no dogs & no children under 15.
Even entrance tickets are purchased via a machine which takes either cash or contactless card payment.
By the ticket machine you can pick up a free leaflet displaying a map of the Gardens or for the cost of £1 : 00 a more comprehensive booklet. The entrance fee to the Gardens is £ 8: 00.
Parking is in The old Stables Courtyard where you will also find the toilets.
Leaving via the Courtyard Gateway , you will find the ticket machine etc situated in an alcove.
The House dates from the 1630's with later alterations by William Kent & further alterations at a later date. William Kent also refined & added to the Garden design , the original being carried out by Bridgeman. Near to the House is a series of charming walled gardens containing herbaceous borders , fruit trees, shrubs , a parterre garden next to an impressive dovecote & a vegetable cum flower garden.
Access to Rousham Church can be had via an archway from the gardens. Unusually , for present times , the church is open for viewing.
There are plenty of seats scattered around the walled gardens where one can relax & enjoy a picnic - you are encouraged to bring one which I would highly recommend on a warm , sunny day.
To the rear of the house there is a large , beautifully manicured lawn which ends with an impressive piece of statuary .
It is here that the formal gives way to the naturalistic effect which William Kent designed. The ground falls away steeply to the River Cherwell with a far reaching panorama that is entirely rural. Only a couple of buildings are visible ( although you will catch a glimpse of traffic ). In the far distance you can discern an ornamental arch which is set in the middle of a field beyond Cow Lane on the outskirts of Steeple Aston. I can only assume it belongs to The Rousham Estate.
You can wander around the lower gardens along shady paths , by The Cherwell & in open glades. Here you will find water courses , ponds , classical statuary , a small Temple & a Classical Arcade set on a slope.
Perhaps, most extraordinarily, there is a fantastically wrought Grotto , built to commemorate an Otterhound which has a poem dedicated to it.
Down here there are many idyllic spots to picnic.
Back up near the House & set on the opposite side to the walled gardens is a curving Ha Ha which separates the garden from a large cow field which is studded with some impressive mature trees - Oaks & Sweet Chestnuts to name 2.
Right on the far edge of this field & next to the road is a crennellated
cow byre & an ornamental gateway which gives onto the road.
I should imagine almost everyone arrives by car but it is actually possible to come by train - Heyford Station is only a 15 minute walk away.
Written August 21, 2021
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Ajay
49 contributions
Aug 2021
Charming, tranquil gardens with only a gentle nod at commercialism, there is no coffee shop and no pressure to purchase anything. If the parking machine fails to work there are bank details available to transfer entrance fees direct. Someone was at the entrance when we arrived who welcomed us and invited us to stay in the gardens as long as we wished. The gardens were meticulously maintained; a very interesting and diverse garden.
Written August 14, 2021
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Fussyat50
Hertfordshire50 contributions
Jul 2021
Visited Rousham for the first time.

The gardens are famed for having been created by William Kent in the 18th C, but some parts pre-date his involvement, such as the walled garden and the ha-ha.

When we went mid-week we were the only visitors, and I understand that these gardens don't receive the crowds, which is perfect, and I applaud their policy of no children under 15 yrs, no push chairs and even no dogs. You can forget the tea shop and gift shop too because they don't exist - just some old-fashioned but decent loos. It's £8 per person to get in and they have a PayPal machine as well as taking cash.

The formal walled gardens were just delightful, complete with strutting peacock, long flower borders, a vegetable patch and parterre, but the real show-stopper is the circular walk around the landscaped area, overlooking the River Cherwell and featuring numerous Roman-themed sculptures, surprises and features at every turn of the path.

We sat and imagined how 18th C visitors would have enjoyed these gardens, and without the distraction of other visitors it was easy slip into daydreams of past times.

The owners (direct descendants of the man who built the original house), encourage you to bring a picnic and stay till dusk.

We could have stayed forever.
Written July 30, 2021
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now_i_wonder
Berkshire, UK35 contributions
Jul 2021
Rousham gets plenty of phrase, and its only when you go there that you see why. Both the walled/formal gardens and the wider woodland and landscape gardens are amazing. Even in the height of summer and with frequent rain showers, you can clearly see that Rousham takes great care and pride in these gardens.

Visiting this place is a hark back to the olden days of visiting gardens. A sensibly priced admission, no commercialisation, no overpriced tea rooms, no tacky gift shops or other gimmicks.

And because of that, the peace and tranquillity you find here is unmatched. The Rousham leaflet says its best. No tea room, no gift shop, bring yourself, a picnic and the gardens are yours for the day.
Written July 6, 2021
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Adam Y
Bristol, UK81 contributions
Jun 2021
Fantastic gardens. We visited on a Saturday afternoon and it was very relaxing and perfectly tranquil. We especially appreciated the espalier apple trees and the pigeon house garden but it was all incredibly lovely. Being uncommercial and unspoilt with no tea room or shop was a breath of fresh air (not that I don't enjoy a cake or ice cream on a normal day) and it made this place even more unique.
The gardens were very well looked after, the breadth of colours was amazing and the scale was beyond anything we anticipated.
Written June 14, 2021
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LadyPicassa
London144 contributions
Jun 2021
One of the most beautiful gardens in this country if not the world. I have visited it a few times (always around summer) and this garden is open through out the year. The whole garden is a work of art. It's too beautiful to describe in words so if you are in the are, I highly recommend it. It's just simply beautiful.
Written June 8, 2021
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Peter084
Marlborough, UK368 contributions
Sep 2020
We had read about Rousham but had seen few pictures of the place so didn't really know what to expect. What a gem of a place. Very peaceful and relaxed, the gardens flow naturally down to the river and you can wander across the parkland and paths. The more formal , but equally relaxed walled garden had lots of interest despite our visit being in late summer. What the National Trust do well, Rousham does even better.
Written September 25, 2020
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TBull01
Aylesbury, England, United Kingdom8 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Lovely gardens. Easy to find using a Satnav. Gardens lead down to the river Cherwell. Payment by contact less card. £8 per person. Over 15's only.
Free cooking apples to take home. Guide book for £1 but you can explore without using the guide.
We had a lovely time
Written September 24, 2020
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R A
Milton Keynes, UK10 contributions
Sep 2020
Had a beautiful visit here. The house looked beautiful, but the real charm was in exploring the sections of the garden which each had a different feel. The lovely open vistas contrasted with the shady wooded areas and walled knot garden. Walking along the river, through trees and arches in hedges, there were interesting features everywhere. Lovely to see the bantams in the hedges, the old trees, rows of dahlias, and statues and follies. There were plenty of benches around and we had a picnic as suggested. The were toilet facilities and the place was quiet and peaceful.
Written September 22, 2020
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