Arriving along the sweep of the tree-lined carriage drive, across the bridge of the Little Lake with fishermen on its banks, a visitor to Buscot Park, one of the great gardens of the county, can look forward to many surprising pleasures. Approaching through the original stable block with its attractive clock tower, the visitor first enters the Four Seasons Walled Garden, transformed by the present Lord Faringdon, Charles Michael, third Lord Faringdon, from an eighteenth century kitchen garden to an ornamental showpiece.
Standing on a road that leads from nowhere to nowhere, Chastleton is in its own private world, secluded, quiet, and mesmerizingly beautiful. A visit here is a visit to another time, since very little has changed for four hundred years. Chastleton House has stood for four centuries in a corner of Oxfordshire, close to the borders with Gloucestershire and Warwickshire, in a peaceful spot well away from any chance passers by. It sits in the centre of a triangle between the Cotswold towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Norton, and is by-passed by all except those who go to seek it out.
In a quiet Oxfordshire village, close to the infant River Thames, the ancient and beautiful Kelmscott Manor is a haven of peace. A living memorial to William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, the gardens are carefully preserved with the plants that Morris included in his designs and those which he wrote about in his prose and poetry.