Middleton Cheney is 3 miles east of Banbury and 2021 is opening five gardens on Sunday 18 July. From M40 J11 follow A422, then signed to Middleton Cheney (OX17 2ST). Maps are provided of the garden locations at every garden open and you can start your tour wherever you wish.

Event details

Opening time: 1–6pm.

Entry fee: £5 for all gardens; children under 18 years are free. Please pay and book into a timed slot at the foot of this page. There are 50 tickets available per hour.

Description: see below (more to follow).

Parking: On-street parking is normally available.

Accessibility: see individual garden descriptions.

Dogs: assistance dogs only.

Refreshments: tea/coffee/cake at Peartree House, Glovers Lane (Roger and Barbara Charlesworth).

Details of some of the gardens opening for Katharine House

Church Cottage, Church Lane, OX17 2NR

Small English cottage garden behind a 17th-century cottage. Style is best described as controlled chaos, with the surprising presence of an olive tree dating from approximately 1750, which we transplanted here. Other trees include quince, fig and a large bay. There is a wildflower patch and a short border dedicated to plants with blue flowers, which is the rarest of the flower colour genes. Plants include pots of agapanthus and many perennials chosen for summer colour and a sprinkle of Mediterranean plants. A few evergreen shrubs provide winter structure.

There is a summer house and a diverse collection of small pieces of sculpture.

Accessibility: only partial access to first part of garden for wheelchairs, as paths are too narrow.

Other attractions: free garden tour quiz for accompanied children.

14 Queen Street, OX17 2NP

A cottage garden by location and, in parts, by style with a few inherited plants. Originally mapped out as a small series of rooms, the contents have changed regularly to admit enthusiasms, finds, subtle receipt of conservation messages, and the limitations of time and age. A bit of everything, an origin group of Essex apples, a joy in birdlife, and inability to reject anything at first glance guide our decisions. Productive and a joy to sit in.

Accessibility: wheelchair access not possible: narrow paths in upper area.

Other attractions: plants for sale; children's quiz based on sculptural and design elements.

The Gables, 9 Church Lane, OX17 2NR

A large garden for the centre of the village with awesome views of the church. As you enter to the rear of the house there is a terraced area with Yorkstone patio for dining and a seating area, the focal point being four vines creating a canopy of the dining area. Up another couple of steps and you see a mixture of formal lawn with long floral borders, pergola with vines, clematis and climbing rose, then leading down to a terraced garden areas with a knot garden. 

Accessibility: only partial access to the first part of the garden for wheelchairs, as there are several steps.

Other attractions: plants for sale.

38 Midway, OX17 2QW

Hidden behind a large hedge is a garden developed over many years. With a small front garden and larger back garden that includes a small pond and waterfall, both are filled with shrubs and perennials set in ‘rooms and hidden areas’. David is a now a retired professional gardener and Margaret a plantaholic: this a real plant lovers' garden.

Accessibility: there are a few small steps, however wheelchairs can access some parts of the garden.

Other attractions: plants for sale.

About Middleton Cheney

Middleton Cheney is a village and civil parish in west Northamptonshire. The village is about three miles east of Banbury its name means 'Middle farm/settlement’.

Traces of Neolithic, Bronze Age and Roman settlements have been found in the parish. There is a row of 19th-century almshouses on the former main road through the village.

Other Open Garden dates for your diary

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

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Children under 15 are free; you only need to book tickets for adults.

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