Ribblesdale Gardens & Cottage Accommodation


The Garden

The garden will surprise and enchant you - since 1980 it has been transformed into a succession of surprises as you move from one landscaped area to the next. Friendly fantails follow you around while you will chance upon a fragrant garden, hosta haven, secret garden, stumpery, native garden, moonlight garden, butterfly house, magnificent azalea and rhododendron garden, woodland garden and parkland. The variety of textures and colours is endless.

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The Gardener

Denise and Robin welcome visitors to our informal, country garden.

We enjoy all aspects of country living in our rural area.

Denise - A country girl who likes sharing her slice of paradise in our informal country garden. Also enjoys hosting guests from all over the world in our self contained cottage. Accommodation is also available in a purpose built barn.  Superking bed and king single with divan which can be made up as well.

   Gardening is very much my interest.  There is always so much to learn.

Plant Nursery on site selling many old fashion and unusual plants.  Bulbs, Alpines, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Hostas and the list goes on.


Purpose built barn with commercial kitchen available as a venue.  Holds up to 50 people.

Ideal for small conference and demonstrations.  Also can be used for weddings.

Devonshire teas available on request.

Wedding ceremonies only with barn for rainy day backup option.

 Robin works at  Rangiora Toyota as well as bull beef farming, and handyman (not nearly enough time for gardening)


Garden Details

On Inland Scenic Route 72, Corner of Oxford and Barracks Roads, Oxford. 1 km east of Oxford township. 40 min drive from Christchurch. Oxford is a delightful rural town with boutique shopping and great cafes, art gallery and museum.
( 03 ) 312 4073 Mobile – Denise 0274545386,
Contact Person
Denise Illingworth
Grounds available from spring through to autumn.
Cottage and barn accommodation available all year round.
Nursery open most days. To be sure send Denise a text.
Garden Size
Lose yourself in 4 acres of tranquility, allow 1-2 hours.
Nursery selling old fashion and unusual plants
$10 pp.
Brochure Available?
Excellent off street parking for both cars and coaches.
Food Available
Enquiries welcome.
Devonshire teas available on request.
Commercial Kitchen on site
Cafe/Resaurant Available
Commercial Kitchen on site.
Enquiries welcome
Seating around the garden and along the garden walks.
Seating available for groups
Please feel free to bring your own picnic.
Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair access to and from purpose built barn and toilet.
Lawn areas and some tracks ok for wheelchairs.
Dogs Allowed
No dogs please. Guide dogs welcome.
Children Allowed
A peaceful, comfortable cottage situated away from the main house in a spacious country garden. Guests are free to enjoy the surrounding 4 acres at their leisure.
Also purpose built barn with super king bed, king single and divan that can be made up into a double bed.
See www.ribblesdalegardens.co.nz
Picturesque settings for garden weddings.
Ceremonies only. Unlimited photographic opportunities.
We have a wonderful town hall in Oxford which is perfect for receptions and catering for larger numbers
Plants/Other Sales
Rhododendrons, azaleas, hostas, alpines, bulbs, old fashion plants some of which you do not see in the usual retail shops .
Clematis and the list goes on.
Guided Tours
Yes or map supplied with suggested walk.
Function Center Available?
Purpose built barn taking up to 50 people. Commercial kitchen on site.
Other Facilities

Ribblesdale is developing its own micro-climate and eco-system where environmental theories have been integrated into the design of the gardens and butterfly house.

Nestled under the foothills of the Southern Alps on the Inland Scenic Route 72 and doorway to the West Coast, Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, Methven, Geraldine, Lake Tekapo, Mt.Cook and the rest of the South Island, Oxford is best known for its tranquil rural setting. There are bush walks where you can still explore the pockets of native flora, bird and plant life. It is an ideal place to stop and revitalise, re-charge your batteries, enjoy the area and take time out to enjoy clean, fresh air. Easy 40 minutes drive to Christchurch City and Airport. See our oxford website for further information: www.oxfordnewzealand.co.nz


OXFORD COUNTRY GARDEN FETE www.oxfordfete.co.nz

This is a yearly garden fete donating funds to the Oxford Fire Brigade and Oxford Search and Rescue.  The aim is to provide an enjoyable day out with quality stalls, delicious food and musicians set in amongst beautiful gardens full of rhododendrons and azaleas and garden treasures.