Visiting the Centre
Everyone is welcome to visit the Centre, and small groups of up to six* may book a casual visit to see where Dr. Bach lived and worked and explore the house and garden. There is a small £5 fee to visit the Bach Centre which goes straight to maintaining Mount Vernon and the garden. We have a shop where you can buy remedies, books and various other related items and souvenirs of your visit, and you may also want to treat yourselves to a cup of tea or coffee, and a tasty snack or light lunch in our café, Nora’s Kitchen.
During your visit, you will have the chance to see many examples of Dr. Bach’s hand-made furniture throughout the house, sit in one of his chairs in his consulting room, and learn about the history of his work and the Centre by visiting our museum rooms which are filled with historical artefacts. This is a self-guided tour so you have the time to look around at your own pace.
While you are in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, you may like to take a walk around the village and to the church, a short walk from the Bach Centre, where Dr Bach is buried.
*If you have a larger group, please see our page Bringing a Group to the Centre for details.
Booking your visit
Please use the booking calendar below to book a time slot to come inside the house and explore all that the Bach Centre has to offer. However, there is no time limit to enjoy the garden and Nora’s Kitchen, which is open for outside and inside service and takeaways. Due to Covid restrictions, you will need to wear a face mask inside the house.
The address of Mount Vernon can be found at the bottom of every page of the website.
Book a time to visit the Bach Centre
- Garden, house and shop open to visitors by appointment Tuesday to Friday, 11:00 and 13:00
- Nora’s Kitchen, our own café is open to visitors from Tuesday to Friday. Seasonal variations apply. Summer opening 10:30 to 14:30; Winter 11:00 to 14:00 (Due to refurbishments, Nora’s Kitchen will be closed in January/February and re-opens March 8th 2022). (Open to students on all course days from 09:00)
- Phone lines open Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 14:00 pm
- Closed at weekends and on UK public holidays and between Christmas and New Year
You can shop online and contact us by email. If you need to contact us by telephone, please ring: +44 1491 834678. This line is usually open between 10 am-2 pm Monday-Friday, but if we do not answer it means we are busy with customers so it may be quicker to send an email.
What to see during your visit
Things to see include:
- Dr Bach’s consulting room, mother tinctures and hand-made furniture
- Museums filled with artefacts from Dr. Bach’s time through to the present day, including remedy-making and bottling equipment, photographs and a variety of memorabilia from our past
- The garden, where you will find many remedy plants as they flower throughout the spring and summer
- The shop, with a full range of remedies, books and souvenirs
- Nora’s Kitchen, serving light lunches, sweet treats, teas, coffee, hot chocolate, as well as various cold drinks – including wine and beer.
- The Bach Centre team
- … and on a sunny morning in spring or summer, there’s every chance you’ll see remedies being made in the garden
While you’re here take some time to explore the village. Dr. Bach is buried in the churchyard only 50 yards from the Centre, and one of his favourite pubs, The Red Lion, is a ten-minute walk away.
Access to the Bach Centre
Mount Vernon is a 19th-century Victorian cottage standing on a raised garden. Access to the front is via steep steps but a wheelchair ramp provides alternative access via the side of the house. Parts of the garden are difficult for wheelchair users and for partially-sighted people because of the narrow and uneven paths.
Dr Bach’s consulting room and other facilities including the seminar room, shop, café and toilets are on the ground floor; one of the toilets is for users in wheelchairs. The museum rooms, however, are located on the first floor up a steep flight of stairs so are not at present accessible to people in wheelchairs.
We want to do all we can to assist visitors who need help. Please contact us in advance of your visit so we can understand your needs.
Well-behaved dogs with well-behaved owners are always welcome – this, of course, includes guide and assistance dogs. The latter are welcome in training rooms as well.
Please make sure that dogs are kept on a lead at all times.
Children are very welcome, but please supervise young children as the stairs are very steep and the house contains many precious items. In the garden, there are two deep ponds and some very uneven paths. The ponds, paths and all the plants that grow in the garden – those in flower and in seed – are important aspects of Mount Vernon’s history, so we do urge you to take care and keep children supervised at all times.
There is very limited parking at the Centre. We will do our best to guarantee a parking place to visitors with mobility problems who contact us ahead of their visit.
The books listed and detailed in our online shop are also available to peruse and purchase at the Centre. Some Bach Centre publications are available on tape or in Braille from the RNIB. We can provide most Bach Centre leaflets and basic information in large print on request, and there is an audio CD with a an introduction to the Bach system and an explanation of each remedy and the emotional states they address.
Our village, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, is a brisk 30-minute walk away from the market town of Wallingford. Further afield, Didcot has good rail links to London, and it’s a short drive or train ride to Oxford, one of the most famous University towns in the world.
- Brightwell-cum-Sotwell’s village web site
- More Wallingford information online
- Tourist info on Wallingford and the local area
- Visit South Oxfordshire is a comprehensive guide run by the local district council
- Yet more local info
- OpenGuides Wikipedia-style guide to Oxford has links to other guides
Visitors’ Guide recommended places to stay
The Bach Centre is in a village called Brightwell-cum-Sotwell. Some of the villagers offer bed-and-breakfast accommodation.
Further afield – between ten and twenty minutes by car – there are bed and breakfast places in Wallingford, Crowmarsh, Cholsey, Sires Hill, South Stoke and Wittenham; and a hotel in Wallingford. Some of the further-off bed and breakfast owners offer lifts to the Centre as part of the service.
Please contact the people listed for more information:
- Amanda Potter, Griffen House, Datchett Green, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon OX10 0QB; +44 (0)1491 837225; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Andrew and Hilary Punter, The Duck House, Five Acres, Bakers Lane, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, OX10 0PX; +44 (0)7940 912391; email@example.com
- Caroline Oakley, Larch Corner, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon; +44 (0)7811 476070; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bob and Delia Howarth, Nunsacre, The Street, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon; +44 (0)1491 836746; email@example.com
- Anne Marie Fisher, Peacock Cottage, Slade End, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon OX10; +44 (0)7477 553089; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rosemary Pinfield, Greenhow, Slade End, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon, OX10 0RD; +44 (0)1491 837443 email@example.com; www.airbnb.com
- Jane Hawker, Lime Tree House, Mackney, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon OX10 0SJ; +44 (0)1491 824121; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ann Linton, Waterman's Cottage, Church Lane, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon OX10 0SD; +44 (0)1491 837228, email@example.com
- Lynn Burridge, Bell Forge, Bell Lane, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon OX10 0QD; +44 (0)1491 833009, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sue Robson, Hope Cottage, Mackney Lane, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon; +44 (0)7905 493690; email@example.com
- Helen Connor, Mead Cottage, Mackney Lane, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon OX10 0SQ; +44 (0)1491 834754; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Robin and Margot Shawyer, Middle Farm, Church Lane, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon OX10 0SD; +44 (0)1491 826677; email@example.com
- Sue Hollebone, Haddon Acre; +44 (0)1235 812052; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Katya Stone, 115A Wantage Road, Wallingford OX10 0LT; +44 (0)1491 833019
- Güde Baird, Victorian House, 19 Castle Street, Wallingford, OX10 8DW; +44 (0)1491 201250; email@example.com; airbnb.co.uk
- Danny Hearty, 9 St. John's Road, Wallingford OX10 9AD; +44 (0)7764 831 123; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Steve Holder, The Bungalow, Wallingford; +44 (0)7888 668619; www.airbnb.co.uk
- Carol and Martin Baker, Little Gables B&B, 166 Crowmarsh Hill, Wallingford, OX10 8BG; +44 (0)1491 837834; email@example.com
- Patricia Nickson, Marsh House B&B, 7 Court Drive, Shillingford, Oxon OX10 7ER; +44 (0)1865 858496; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wendy, Alouette Bed & Breakfast, 2 Caldicott Close, Shillingford, Oxon OX10 7HF; +44 (0)1865 858600; email@example.com
- Witta’s Ham Cottage, High Street, Long Wittenham, OX14 4QH; +44 (0)1865 407686
- Carolyn Bristow, The Old School House, 23 Castle Street, OX10 8DW; +44 (0)1491 839571; carolyn.bristow ntlworld.com
- The George Hotel, Wallingford; +44 (0)1491 836665; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Travelodge Oxford, Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4XG; +44 (0)8715 591877; www.travelodge.co.uk
Visitors’ Guide recommended places to eat
There are lots of restaurants, take-aways, bakers and sandwich and coffee bars in Wallingford. If you want to stay close to the Centre, however, you can choose from:
- Nora’s Kitchen, the Bach Centre’s own café, is in a corner of the Mount Vernon garden in what used to be the mother tincture preparation and storage area. Light lunches, sweet treats, hot and cold drinks; vegetarian menu with vegan and gluten-free options.
- The Root One Café is part of the Root One Garden Centre, and is situated on the other side of the main road, a short walk from the Bach Centre.
- The Village Store run for and by the villagers. No sandwiches or hot food, but you can buy fresh bread, cheese etc.
- The Red Lion is Brightwell-cum-Sotwell’s last-remaining pub and is perfect for those staying in or around the village for an evening meal. Note: no food on Mondays.