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Hailes Abbey


The site has the ruins of a former Cistercian Abbey. After the Dissolution it was one of the seats of Tracy family. The estate was slowly downgraded and only ruins were left by 1794.

The seat is in the Severn valley just at the edge of the Cotswolds. There was a walled formal garden with grass parterres and topiary on the west front of the house, and courtyard and service buildings to the south. The main garden lay to the rear and extended up onto the hillside. The design was elaborate and formal with several grass parterres with decoratively placed severely clipped trees. Beyond was a formal orchard and a fishpond. There was a vegetable garden outside the east wall of the main garden. The church (which survives) lies to the east of the house.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts


01242 602398

Access contact details

The site is open daily between April and October.


The road to Hailes Abbey is east of the B4632 appromiately 3 km. north of Winchcombe.


The National Trust

Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, SN2 2NA

There is no information on the history of the garden, and the date of its creation is not known. Its appearance suggests mid to late-18th-century formal English design for an aristocratic seat with house, church, garden and park. It was one of several seats of the family and fairly rapidy given up. The Buck engraving of 1732 shows that the garden had already disappeared by that time.

Features & Designations




  • Ruin (featured building)
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Key Information




Ornamental Garden

Principal Building

Heritage Site


Part: standing remains

Open to the public




  • Atkyns, R and others {The Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire} (London: W. Bowyer for Robert Gosling,1712)
  • Kingsley, Ni {The Country Houses of Gloucestershire, Vol. I 1500-1660} (Cheltenham: Phillimore, 1989) p.88
  • Verey, D {The Buildings of England: Gloucestershire 1: The Cotswolds} (London: Penguin, 1970)
  • Alexander, K, Scruby, M and Lutley, W {The National Trust biological survey: Hailes Abbey, Gloucestershire} (1985)


  • Martin McNicol