OWNERS of historic property near Cirencester will be opening up their bountiful gardens to the public this weekend.

Cotswold Farm is an historic Arts & Crafts house situated five miles north of Cirencester in Duntisbourne Abbots (GL7 7JS) and has extensive views towards the Marlborough Downs.

Owners John and Sarah Birchall have invited neighbouring residents and visitors to enjoy their gardens between 2pm - 5pm on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3.

The couple first moved into the property in 2020 but the house has been in the family for four generations.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Sarah and John Birchall Sarah and John Birchall (Image: Camilla Foster)

The garden overlooks a quiet valley on descending levels with terraces designed by architect Norman Jewson in the 1930s.

These enchanting grounds encompass 12 different sections including a sensory bog garden, a little forest woodland and step garden with panoramic views.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Views from the step garden at Cotswold FarmViews from the step garden at Cotswold Farm (Image: Camilla Foster)

During winter months, the garden is infamous for its 80 varieties of snowdrops but in September visitors will be able to enjoy late flowering herbaceous such as dahlias, hydrangea, fuchsia, potentilla and asters. 

The terrace beds are also currently brimming with penstemons, dahlias, nepeta and salvia.

Adult tickets cost £7.50 but children can go free.

Pre-booking is available via the National Garden Scheme website or can be bought on-site with contactless payment.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Topiary at Cotswold Farm Topiary at Cotswold Farm (Image: Camilla Foster)

Refreshments such as tea, coffee and cakes will be available to buy at the event.

A variety plants will also be available to buy. 

To find out more visit cotswoldfarmgardens.org.uk or call 01285-821837. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Panoramic views at Cotswold Farm Panoramic views at Cotswold Farm (Image: Camilla Foster)