Kiftsgate Court is a manor located between Mickleton and Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire near the border with Worcestershire and Warwickshire. The manor house is most famous for its gardens. The Kiftsgate Court Gardens were first planted in the 1920s by Heather Muir, and were then passed on to Diany Binny in 1950. They are currently overseen by Anne Chambers, who resides in Kiftsgate Manor. While the manor is a private home, the garden is open to the public.
The Kiftsgate Court Gardens include many beautiful flowers and hedges in a lovely layout. They are most well known for the Kiftsgate Rose, a white climbing rose. Kiftsgate Rose grows well in the shade, and it is said that the largest rose in Britain, a climbing rose measuring 80 feet, grows in the Court Gardens. According to Chambers, if the rose plant were not trimmed back, it would be even larger.
The rose plant is currently intruding on the space of a nearby beech tree, which is why it needs to be carefully pruned. The rose is famous not only for its size, but also for the beautiful perfumed smell which wafts out across the gardens.
Mickleton is a small village close to the border of Worcestershire and Warwickshire on the western edge of the Vale of Evesham. It is 3 miles north of Chipping Campden.
The town is known mostly for its produce; you can buy locally grown fruits and vegetables in Mickleton including apples, asparagus and cauliflower. The town has a number of appealing stone and half-timber thatched cottages. There is a hotel called the Three Ways Hotel with a Victorian Memorial Fountain just outside. The lovely Medford House features a 14-century tower and spire. The two-storied porch, constructed in the 17th century, is considered highly peculiar. Inside is a chapel with a 12th century crucifix.
Mickleton is also known for the nearby Meon Hill. Meon Hill is believed to have been J.R.R. Tolkien’s inspiration for Weathertop in The Fellowship of the Ring. The site has long been associated with paranormal activity and is commonly associated in local folklore with the Devil. A man named Charles Walton was notoriously murdered there in 1945 after being accused of witchcraft.
There are two public houses in Mickleton where you can enjoy a delicious meal and a drink, King’s Arms and Butcher’s Arms. Mickleton is off the beaten path, but a pleasant and intriguing place to visit.