Hornton will have at least seven gardens open on Sunday 4 July and the village allotments will also be open in this lovely ironstone village. 

The village is set in a deep valley and has a fine church with a doom wall painting as well as a thatched pub - both will be open. 

There is also a children's playground.

The participating gardens feature new and established plantings, ponds and water features, and cottage gardens as well as vegetable gardens and beautiful views. 

Hornton is off the A422 near Upton House (National Trust) and is 5 miles from Banbury and about 10 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Proceeds from these open gardens are to be shared equally between Katharine House Hospice (50%) and village causes.

  • Please take care in the gardens, especially if you are looking after children. Some gardens have uneven steps, steep slopes and ponds/water features – Hornton stone is very slippery when wet!
  • The parish church is open to visitors and has an interesting Medieval doom painting. The Methodist Chapel is also open – toilets are inside to the right. Please use hand sanitiser.
  • There are teas at The Cottage in Church Lane and there’s plenty of Hooky at the Dun Cow pub!
  • There is a trail/quiz on the village website. No village or insider knowledge needed.
  • Dogs on leads please – thank you for clearing up after your dog!

Event details

Opening time: 2-6pm.

Entry fee: £5: entry to at least seven gardens plus allotments. Tickets are available on the village Green in the centre of the village.

Parking: Pavilion Car Park off Bell Street at the Wroxton end of the village and also in the village. Please park considerately.

Accessibility: the village is hilly. Most of the gardens have steps and would be difficult to access with a wheelchair although some are partially accessible. 

Dogs: on lead.

Refreshments: refreshments and plant stall at The Cottage, Church Lane, OX15 6BY - cash only please.

Details of some of the gardens opening for Katharine House

Cromwells

This is a large, colourful garden built on tiers with a vegetable plot, water features, well and pond. Some sections are steep and have steps. There’s a wooded footpath too. Two beautiful sheep live in a separate fenced paddock at the top of the garden. Bees live in a hive under the trees in the front garden – do not go too close. If you don’t bother the bees, they shouldn’t bother you. Handmade cards are available here – proceeds to Katharine House.

Trinity Cottage

This garden has a newly installed water feature, a rose garden and steps up to separate seating areas, as well as colourful borders and terrace beds, which are maturing and improving year by year.

West End House

This garden is tucked away on a pathway between the parish church and West End – you can reach it through the churchyard from Trinity Cottage or by passing the Dun Cow pub and turning right. The garden has lovely planting, a water feature and a summer house.

1 Holloway Cottages

This is a real country cottage garden – small but packed with lots of colourful planting and a thatched shed built of Hornton stone!

Home Farm House

This lovely garden – created out of a farmyard and bordered by a brook – has many features, including ponds, pleached lime trees, a knot garden, specimen trees, borders and a vegetable growing area.

Other Open Garden dates for your diary

For other Open Garden dates, please see Open Gardens for Katharine House.