Exploring the Historic Beauty of Badminton Estate Near to the Horse and Groom

When you think of quintessential English country estates, Badminton Estate undoubtedly springs to mind. Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, this magnificent estate is a captivating blend of history, natural beauty, and grandeur. Let’s embark on a journey to explore the Badminton Estate, its rich heritage, and the breathtaking landscapes it offers.

A testament to the timeless allure of English country estates

After a busy day exploring the many sights of the Badminton Estate pay us a visit at The Horse & Groom to try some of our award-winning Butcombe beer and our delicious food offering, before resting your head in one of our boutique bedrooms.

A Brief Overview of Badminton

Badminton Estate has a history that stretches back over three centuries. The roots of this grand estate can be traced to the late 17th century when it was acquired by the Beaufort family. Today, it is the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort, marking it as one of the few private stately homes still in the hands of the family that originally built it.

The Birthplace of Badminton

One of the estate’s claims to fame is that Badminton House is where the sport of badminton was first introduced to England by the Duke of Beaufort in the mid-19th century. Although the origins of the game are rooted in India, it found a home in the lush surroundings of Badminton House.

Today, the Duke’s private collection includes memorabilia and artefacts related to the sport, making Badminton Estate a pilgrimage site for badminton enthusiasts.

Events and Equestrian Excellence

Badminton Estate is famous for hosting the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials, one of the most challenging and celebrated equestrian events in the world. Held annually, this event draws top riders and equestrian enthusiasts from across the globe to compete in the picturesque surroundings of the estate. It’s an experience like no other, blending sporting excellence with the grandeur of the estate.

The Breathtaking Grounds

The beauty of Badminton Estate isn’t confined to the house alone. The extensive parkland, gardens, and woodlands surrounding the house are a sight to behold. The sweeping parkland was designed by the renowned landscape architect Capability Brown, and his expertise is evident in the serene lake, meandering waterways, and carefully positioned trees that create a harmonious natural landscape.

The gardens at Badminton Estate are a horticultural delight. They include the exquisite Rose Garden, which is a visual and olfactory treat when the blooms are in full glory. The walled garden is another gem, offering a diverse collection of flowers, herbs, and vegetables, all lovingly tended to by the estate’s gardeners.

Exploring the Estate

Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the estate through various walking and cycling routes that meander through the woodlands and parkland. The countryside trails offer a tranquil escape, with opportunities to spot wildlife, such as deer and a variety of bird species. Guided tours of the estate are available during specific times of the year, providing an in-depth look at the history, art, and architecture that the estate holds.

Visiting Badminton Estate

Whether you’re interested in history, equestrian sports, or simply the beauty of the English countryside, the Badminton Estate has something to offer. This iconic property is a symbol of rural England’s enduring charm and continues to be a source of pride for the local community and a draw for visitors from around the world.

Directions To The Horse & Groom From Swindon

Dating back to the 16th century, The Horse & Groom is a grade II listed pub and inn near Malmesbury offering delicious pub food, award-winning Butcombe beer and comfortable rooms, making it the ideal place to drink, dine and stay.

Take Kennel Dr to The Limes
3 min (0.4 mi)

Take B4040 to Parklands in Malmesbury
19 min (10.3 mi)

Continue onto The Limes
463 ft

Continue onto Station Rd

0.9 mi

Continue onto Badminton Rd

0.2 mi

Turn left onto Luckington Rd/B4040
Continue to follow B4040

9.1 mi

Continue on Parklands. Take Park Rd and Tetbury Hill to B4014
4 min (1.4 mi)

Turn left onto Parklands

0.2 mi

Continue straight onto Newnton Grove

472 ft

Continue onto Old Alexander Rd

0.1 mi

Continue onto Park Rd

0.2 mi

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Gloucester Rd

394 ft

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Gloucester Rd

171 ft

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Tetbury Hill

0.6 mi

At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on Tetbury Hill

171 ft

Drive to B4040
5 min (2.8 mi)

At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto B4014

0.7 mi

At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Crudwell Rd/A429

0.3 mi

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Charlton Rd/B4040
Continue to follow B4040
The Horse and Groom will be on your left.