One of the larger manor houses in the Cotswolds is Rodmarton Manor, located near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. The building is an important monument to the Arts and Crafts style and was constructed from 1909-1929 based off a design by Ernest Barnsley. Barnsley himself was unable to complete the building, as he died in 1925; his brother and his son in law completed the work.
The large manor house is itself a fine example of the architecture of the time, but it is also famous for the collection of furniture and crafts from the Arts and Crafts movement. Outside the house, you can also explore eight acres of beautiful garden featuring wide lawns, a sizeable kitchen garden, elegant pathways and low stone walls, and artistically trimmed hedges and trees.
Roses and other flowers fill the air with their aroma while birds and butterflies flutter among the trees and blossoms. The garden is particularly famous for its snowdrops. There are more than 150 types! There is a lot to see and do at Rodmarton Manor, so you may want to plan a whole day of it while you are staying in Cirencester. It’s a great opportunity to get out of the city and take in some history.