The final curtain has come down at the home of the Gifford family and their circus in Bourton-on-the-Water, Glos.
For the past 14 years, Nell and Toti Gifford’s eclectic circus performances have been created at The Garden, but they have now outgrown the property and put it on the market.
The property has a two-bedroom family home and adjacent barn with office, stabling for seven horses and 11.5 acres.
The many storerooms and barns have been used for making scenery and staging rehearsals, but the property would, said local agents Butler Sherborn “suit a buyer looking to create an impressive equestrian facility”.
Viewers won’t meet any of the circus’ menagerie — which includes a Shire horse, two appaloosas and a turkey — as the 2014 show, The Thunders, is touring across the south-west until 21 September.
➤ The Garden is on the market for £1.5m. For more information visit: www.butlersherborn.co.uk
This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (14 August, 2014)