The gardens are constructed on the site of an ancient manor house and moat. The site and buildings were derelict when first purchased by Vita Sackville-West. The gardens, farm and other buildings were taken over by The National Trust in 1967, and are maintained by Trust staff, together with donor residents Adam Nicolson and Sarah Raven.
The Windrush is a river running through the Cotswolds in England. It rises in the county of Gloucestershire and flows for approximately 64km through many villages, including Bourton-on-the-water.
The Windrush is home to various fish, such as trout, grayling, perch, chub and roach. The river is prone to floods, and villages and towns along its entire length have suffered from its overflowing waters at various times.