Historic Houses and Gardens

COLETON FISHACRE

Kingswear, Dartmouth

The gardens at Coleton Fishacre were created by Rupert and Lady Dorothy D’Oyly Carte, for whom the house was designed in 1925.  The celebrated features include a gazebo, water features and a fine collection of rare and exotic plants. Tel: 01803 752466

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coletonfishacre

 Coleton Fishacre
   
 Killerton House and Gardens KILLERTON 

Broadclyst, Nr Exeter

Killerton House and Gardens has something to interest everyone.  The house itself accommodates the Paulise de Bush costume exhibition. Outside you’ll find a 19th century chapel and stable courtyard with exhibition.  The gardens are also full of treasure to discover. Tel: 01392 883112

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton

   
KNIGHTHAYES COURT

Tiverton

This beautiful house designed by William Burges in 1896, combines Medieval romanticism with lavish Victorian decoration.The gardens are no less impressive, boasting a water lily pool and topiary, rare shbrubs, bulbs and wildflowers, as well as woodland walks. Tel: 01884 254665

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knightshayescourt

Knightshayes Court
   
Castle Drogo CASTLE DROGO

Drewsteignton, Nr Exeter

Castle Drogo was designed by Sit Edward Lutyens for self-made millionaire Julius Drewe between 1920 and 1930.  The castle commands spectacular views of Dartmoor and the Teign Valley. The garden is open all year round, and includes a formal rose garden, as well as many delightful walks. Tel: 01347 433186

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castledrogo

   
BICTON PARK BOTANICAL GARDENS

Budleigh Salterton

Bicton has a garden for everyone.  From the formal Italian Garden, first laid in 1735 to the Secret Garden just beyond the summerhouse. 
Tel: 01395 568465

www.bictongardens.co.uk

Bicton Park Gardens
   
Rosemoor Gardens

ROSEMOOR GARDENS 

Great Torrington, North Devon

The extensive rose garden is the biggest attraction at Rosemoor.  This garden has been developed into one of national importance since the RHS was given the site by Lady Anne Berry over 11 years ago. Tel: 01805 6240067

 www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

   
THE GARDEN HOUSE

Buckland Monachorum

Acclaimed as a national treasure by the likes of Alan Titchmarsh. The Garden House with it’s naturalistic planting style is a refreshing change to the more formal gardens in the area.  Feature gardens include the South African Garden.
Tel: 01822 854769

www.thegardenhouse.org.uk

The Garden House
   
Trelissick Gardens

TRELISSICK GARDEN 

Feock, Nr Truro

The arrival of Spring at Trelissick is a must see for gardeners, as the display of blossom is delightful.  The gardens are set across many levels and provide the eye with a feast of colour all year round, with spectacular views across the Fal estuary. Tel: 01872 862090

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissickgarden

   

LANHYDROCK

Bodmin

Although famous for its fascinating 19th century country house, the gardens at Lanhydrock are worth visiting on their own merit.  Featuring blooming rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas, the gardens offer an array of fine colours all the way through to Autumn. Tel: 01208 733320

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock

Lanhydrock
   
Lost Gardens of Heligan

LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN

Pentewan, St Austell

The Lost Gardens of Heligan cover more than 80 acres. The unique site includes not only an extraordinary plant collection, but also plenty of other features to discover, such as Victorian bee boles and an Elizabethan beacon.  Open daily all year round. Tel: 01726 845100

www.heligan.com

   

THE EDEN PROJECT

Bodelva, St Austell

The Eden Project is a top international visitor attraction and well worth a visit during your stay in the South West.  More than just a garden, it is a journey of discovery through a living theatre of plants and people. A very busy attraction best visited early morning or after 2pm to avoid crowds. Tel: 01726 811911

www.edenproject.com

The Eden Project