Barnsley House is a mellow seventeenth century stone rectory in the Cotswold village of Barnsley, near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. For more than fifty years it was the home of Rosemary Verey, OBE (1918-2001), the legendary garden designer and writer. In 1939 she married David Verey, the architectural historian, whose family owned Barnsley House and in the grounds, she created her own gardens which she first opened to the public in 1970 under the National Gardens Scheme.
The term 'Rococo' derives from the French words for rough rocks, rocaille, and shell-work, coquille, and is used in gardens to suggest a miniaturisation of features and their concentration in a smaller area than Arcadia. The principal aim of a Rococo layout was to divert, amuse and surprise any visitor.
Snowshill Manor stands on a gently sloping hillside in the Cotswolds, about four miles south west of the town of Chipping Camden. It is a fine old Manor House with a long history, famous for the eclectic collection of contents of its former owner, Charles Paget Wade, who laid out its intense succession of walled garden terraces between 1920 and 1923 on the site of the old farmyard.
A mile to the east of Uley, Owlpen Manor stands in its own remote valley on a steeply rising hillside above the Ewelme Brook. Beech woods crown the hill above the house, and Holy Cross church stands close and protectively behind. In 1951, Christopher Hussey wrote that Owlpen 'in its incomparably romantic situation is a dream made real', and it remains that way today.
A little piece of India in the Gloucestershire countryside, Sezincote's unique Mogul architecture of orange stone and onion domes gives a special spice to its surrounding gardens and landscape. Although close to the little town of Moreton-in-Marsh, it is a world away in style, with its statues of elephants and Brahmin Bulls, and exotic plants from around the world.