Gardens to visit in the West Country
Rosemoor RHS Garden comprises 65 acres of meticulously kept garden. Captivating beauty amongst steep wooded valley on both sides, the memory of the dramatic seasonal colours, fragrances and textures will inspire you for many months following your visit - 22 miles.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Before it’s internationally acclaimed garden restoration, the Tremayne family had occupied Heligan for 400 years. In it’s hey day, the land surrounding Heligan extended to 1000 acres. Sadly, after a generation of neglect, the land and building fell into ruin. Today, however, Heligan is a living and working example of passion, dedication and best practice and adopts an approach of synergie with nature thereby cultivating a plethora of different wildlife habitats. Open all year round - 43 miles.
Hartland Abbey was originally built in the 12thC as a monastery. It survived longer than any other abbey in the country and was gifted in 1539 by Henry V111 to the keeper of his wine cellar. Today is home to his descendant, Sir Hugh Stucley and his extended family.
The abbey and gardens are situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
After you have walked around this cherished family home, steeped in history, and seen many of the treasures of a bygone era, take a stroll through the 50 acres of 18thC walled and woodland gardens and feast your eyes on the remarkable view over the valley.
If you find you have an appetite, why not sample an appetizing light lunch or cream tea in The Old Kitchens before you venture home - 26 miles.
The Garden House
The Garden House, described as “perhaps the most breath-taking of all gardens” by Rachel de Thame, extends to 10 acres and is situated on the western edge of Dartmoor near Yelverton and between the villages of Crapstone and Buckland Monachorum. The oldest area is the terraced Walled Garden which surrounds a 16th century ruined tower and spiral staircase. More recently developed are the South African Garden, Cottage Garden, Quarry Garden, Bulb and Wild Flower Meadows, Acer Glade and in 2012, the Jubilee Arboretum and Lake. The garden is naturalistic in style and different plantings give a long season of varied and beautiful colour.
The history of the Garden House is closely entwined with both the local church and Buckland Abbey and the house itself was a former home to the vicars of Buckland Monachorum - 22 miles.
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