Visitors’ Guide Updated May 2021
Mount Vernon is open again. Please use the booking calendar below to book a time slot to be allowed inside. You will need to wear a mask in the house. There is no time limit to enjoy the garden and Nora’s Kitchen, which is open again for outside service and takeaways. We will still be at the Centre to answer calls, send out orders and to make sure the DLPs are available.
You can still 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 9.30am-12.30pm Monday-Friday, but it may be quicker to email us during the Covid-19 crisis.
Address of the Bach Centre:
The Dr Edward Bach Centre
Book a time to visit the Bach Centre
- Garden, house and shop open to visitors by appointment Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 am to 15.30 pm
- Café open to visitors Tuesday to Friday, 10:30 am to 14:30 pm; and to students from 09:00 am, on course days
- Phone lines open Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
- Closed at weekends and on UK public holidays and between Christmas and New Year
There is no charge to visit and look around the house and garden. Remedy plants are signposted, and there is a scrapbook in Dr. Bach’s room and small museums upstairs that give an idea of our history. Our café, Nora’s Kitchen, serves light lunches, teas, and coffees.
You will need to book one of our half-day seminars if your group wants a more structured visit, including a presentation and the chance to ask questions of a Bach Centre expert. Visitors Guide.
What will I see?
Things to see include:
- Dr Bach’s consulting room, mother tinctures and hand-made furniture
- A museum featuring remedy-making and bottling equipment and memorabilia from our past
- The garden, including many remedy plants
- The shop, with a full range of remedies and books
- Café serving light lunches and tea and coffee
- 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 village churchyard only 50 yards from the Centre, and one of his favourite pub, The Red Lion, is a ten-minute walk away.
All five ingredients in Dr Bach’s famous crisis formula grow in the Bach Centre garden
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.
Most visitor rooms 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 in the house and garden – this, of course, includes guide and assistance dogs. The latter are welcome in training rooms as well.
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 standard introduction to the Bach system.
There is limited parking at the Centre. We will do our best to guarantee a parking place to visitors with mobility problems who phone ahead. Vistors guide.
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; email@example.com
- Andrew and Hilary Punter, The Duck House, Five Acres, Bakers Lane, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, OX10 0PX; +44 (0)7940 912391; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Caroline Oakley, Larch Corner, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon; +44 (0)7811 476070; email@example.com
- Bob and Delia Howarth, Nunsacre, The Street, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon; +44 (0)1491 836746; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anne Marie Fisher, Peacock Cottage, Slade End, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon OX10; +44 (0)7477 553089; email@example.com
- Rosemary Pinfield, Greenhow, Slade End, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon, OX10 0RD; +44 (0)1491 837443 firstname.lastname@example.org; www.airbnb.com
- Jane Hawker, Lime Tree House, Mackney, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon OX10 0SJ; +44 (0)1491 824121; email@example.com
- Ann Linton, Waterman's Cottage, Church Lane, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon OX10 0SD; +44 (0)1491 837228, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lynn Burridge, Bell Forge, Bell Lane, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon OX10 0QD; +44 (0)1491 833009, email@example.com
- Sue Robson, Hope Cottage, Mackney Lane, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon; +44 (0)7905 493690; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Helen Connor, Mead Cottage, Mackney Lane, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon OX10 0SQ; +44 (0)1491 834754; email@example.com
- Robin and Margot Shawyer, Middle Farm, Church Lane, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Oxon OX10 0SD; +44 (0)1491 826677; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sue Hollebone, Haddon Acre; +44 (0)1235 812052; email@example.com
- 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; airbnb.co.uk
- Danny Hearty, 9 St. John's Road, Wallingford OX10 9AD; +44 (0)7764 831 123; email@example.com
- 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; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Patricia Nickson, Marsh House B&B, 7 Court Drive, Shillingford, Oxon OX10 7ER; +44 (0)1865 858496; email@example.com
- Wendy, Alouette Bed & Breakfast, 2 Caldicott Close, Shillingford, Oxon OX10 7HF; +44 (0)1865 858600; firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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; email@example.com
- 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, tea and coffee; vegetarian menu with vegan options.
- The Root One Café is part of the Root One Garden Centre, and is only a few minutes’ walk from us.
- 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 recommended for Level 3 students who want to celebrate the end of the assessment. Note: no food on Mondays.