Ascott - gardens and house - National trust

sundial summer 2013
Trip out
Ascott House is near Wing and about a 30 minute drive from Ampthill, about 18 miles.  

We visited the gardens in summer 2013 and was pleasantly surprised, and it is definitely worth visiting.

The gardens are varied, there is a mix of footpaths and some grassed areas.  There are some amazing hedges using a variety of plants, and topiary, along with a sundial made from box and other green shrubs.

They have seasonal planting in some of the beds, both with annual and perennial flowering plants.  Some modern pieces of statuary as well as some lovely old pieces, a lake and a pond with fountains.  Make sure you get a map and you can do a circular walk.

There are benches around the grounds, so you can sit and take in the views.

The house has a few rooms that can be visited, containing a large amount oriental porcelain, paintings, furniture and ceramics, and also hand blocked wallpapers and tromp l'oeil dutch tiles.

The car park is outside of the gardens and a fair step to the main part, I think there is wheelchair access a lot closer.  There are only toilets at the car park.

There are no refreshments available, so make sure that you take something with you, if you are going to stay a while.

They have a website here:

It is owned by the National Trust:

The opening times are limited, so check the website before you set out, and would love to hear your comments.