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Stroll through elegant gardens complementing a stately country house then explore surrounding fields, pastures, and woodlands that echo the property's agricultural past.
What makes the Bradley Estate a special place?
This 90-acre country retreat sits only a short distance from hectic Rt. 128, yet will transport you back 100 years to a bucolic world of majestic homes, elegant gardens, carriage rides, fields and woodlands – all the amenities of gracious, turn-of-the-century living in the Neponset River Valley.
Dr. Arthur Tracy Cabot inherited the family property in the late 1800s. In 1902, Cabot retained noted architect Charles Platt, who specialized in designing impressive country homes in natural surroundings. Arthur Cabot died in 1912, and his wife, Susan, retained ownership for another three decades; in 1945, his niece, Eleanor Cabot Bradley, and her husband, Ralph Bradley, acquired the estate. The Bradleys preserved the genteel traditions of the property, adding such amenities as ponds, a sunken camellia garden, and an art studio. They also maintained a commitment to the formal gardens and other plantings.
What may delight visitors most is the Italianate, latticed-walled garden that was a centerpiece of Platt's vision. The restrained formality of the garden is both supported and contrasted by exuberant plantings of rhododendron, azalea and dogwood.
Beyond awaits a modest cluster of farm buildings and 15 acres of open fields: a small but vibrant working farm still in operation. The outlying parts of the estate comprise more than 60 acres of woods and low-lying wetlands, laced with three miles of cart paths and walking trails.
Three miles of woodland cart paths and trails and a short path around the gardens adjacent to the main house. Easy walking.
When to Visit
Grounds: Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours.
Weddings are held on Saturdays (and sometimes on Sundays) from May to October so the formal garden and the grounds around the house are unavailable after 1PM on these event days, but the rest of the 90 acres are open.
House and Formal Garden: Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10.
Commercial/Professional photographers – please schedule your visits by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that space (outdoors or indoors) is available. Hourly/daily fees may apply.