Visitors’ guide

The Dr Edward Bach Centre
Mount Vernon
Bakers Lane
Brightwell-cum-Sotwell
Oxfordshire
OX10 0PZ
England

Opening times

  • Garden, house and shop open to visitors Monday to Friday, 10.00 am to 16.00 pm
  • Café – opens in March 2020, times to be confirmed
  • 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

Groups of up to five people don’t need an appointment. Please contact us in advance if your party numbers more than five – and see the separate advice on bringing a group.

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 a small museum upstairs that give an idea of our history. From March 2020 there will be an on-site café serving 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.

What will I see?

Things to see include:

  • Dr Bach’s consulting room, mother tinctures and hand-made furniture
  • A small 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 (from March 2020)
  • 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.

Dogs

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.

 

Reading material

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.

Parking

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.

Local links

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.

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:

Places to eat

There are lots of restaurants, take-aways, bakers and sandwich and coffee bars in Wallingford. If you are on foot and need somewhere a quick walk away, however, you can choose from:

  • Nora’s Kitchen, the Bach Centre’s own café
  • 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 students could stop off the day before a course and buy fresh bread, cheese etc. to make their own lunches in the Bach Centre seminar block.
  • The Red Lion is Brightwell-cum-Sotwell’s last-remaining pub. It does very good food and is recommended for Level 3 students who want to celebrate the end of the assessment. Note: no food on Mondays.