Appledore

Clovelly

Clovelly Harbour

Hartland Quay

Instow

Tapeley Court

Arlington Court

Rosemoor RHS Gardens

Dartmoor

Lundy Island

Castle Hill

Marwood Hill Gardens

Exeter

Clovelly

Clovelly is a major tourist attraction on the north Devon coast, notable for its extremely steep pedestrianised cobbled main street, donkeys and views over the Bristol Channel.

Clovelly used to be a fishing village and in 1901 had a population of 621. It is a cluster of largely wattle and daub cottages on the sides of a rocky cleft; its steep main street descends 400 feet (120 m) to the pier, too steeply to allow wheeled traffic. Sledges are used for the movement of goods. The quaint street is lined with houses, a small number of shops, a cafe and a public house.

Unusually, the village is still privately owned and has been associated with only three families since the middle of the 13th century, nearly 800 years.

Clovelly Website

Arlington Court

An Intriguing Regency house and impressive horse-drawn vehicles set in picturesque gardens owned by the National Trust.

Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor, a complete family estate held by the Chichester family for over five hundred years. The collection consists of treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, collected over several generations. The house itself, built in 1823 and extended in 1860, has an austere facade. However, inside the cosy rooms purvey a homely, family atmosphere.

Arlington Court Website

Lundy Island

Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three miles long and half a mile wide.

In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoiled. Lundy is never crowded, even in the height of summer when up to five times a week, MS Oldenburg brings day-visitors who stay for a few hours.

Lundy Island Website

Hartland Peninsular

Hartland Peninsula is a part of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), one of just 46 areas in the whole UK whose distinctive character and natural beauty are designated and protected by law and safeguarded for national interest.

As well as the astonishing coastline and clear, marine waters, the 17,000 acres of inland area are also strikingly special. Moorland, heath, quiet lanes, ancient wooded valleys – even the built environment is very beautiful: tiny cottages, rustic inns, 17th Century farmsteads, the glorious Hartland Abbey and St Nectan’s church.

Hartland Peninsular Website

Exmoor

Exmoor National Park contains an amazing variety of landscapes within its 267 square miles (692 square kilometers).

A unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. Where high cliffs plunge into the Bristol Channel, and cosy pubs and tearooms offer delicious local produce.

Exmoor Website

Dartmoor

Situated in the south west of England in the county of Devon, Dartmoor is a landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces.

Covering an area of 368 square miles and containing the highest land in Southern England (High Willhays at 2037ft), people have been drawn to this breath taking area for millennia.

Dartmoor Website

Interesting Towns

Appledore

Where the Taw and Torridge rivers meet, sits the delightful quayside village of Appledore, next to the River Torridge.

Appledore boasts a small but great range of shops, pubs, guesthouses and art galleries. A thriving fishing and trading village since the 14th century, Appledore has been a famous boat-building centre for many years and the shipyard is still active today.

Picturesque Appledore provides a peaceful base from which to explore North Devon, and is close to surf beaches plus the ancient market towns of Bideford, Barnstaple and Great Torrington.

Appledore Website

Lynton and Lynmouth

Lynton and Lynmouth offer a unique holiday experience for all, situated on the North Coast of Devon noted for its high sea cliffs, within the Exmoor National Park noted for its breath taking natural beauty and unspoilt landscape.

This is a perfect place to access the inner moor, visit historic houses, inspiring gardens, catch glimpses of the majestic red deer and the wild Exmoor ponies.

ALynmouth and Lynton Website

Gardens

Just as there is more to the county of Devon than cream teas and shipwreck heritage centres, there’s more to north Devon gardens than the spring woodlands and rhododendrons for which the region is probably best known.

The following three gardens are all close to Eastacott Barton.

Castle Hill

Castle Hill’s 18th-century landscape garden and park, with fashionable temples, follies and a distant triumphal arch, were created by Lord Fortescue around his grand Palladian house. The Grade I historic garden has seen many changes since, not least on account of the devastating storm in 1990 which made it possible for the current owners, the Earl and Countess of Arran, to plant many new tree and shrub collections, especially the Earl’s favourite – magnolias. “Fifty per cent of the trees were blown over. It gave us huge opportunities for new planting and to leave the new woodland more open.” Closer to the house, a millennium garden designed by Xa Tollemache features a water sculpture by Giles Rayner and, with its clipped Quercus ilex standards and lavender and box-edging enclosing herbaceous plants, extends the garden’s interest into early autumn. Climb through woodland to the “castle” folly for views as far as Lundy.

Castle Hill Website

Rosemoor

Rosemoor Garden is an internationally renowned collection of gardens in North Devon, England. The Lady Anne Palmer created the original garden of 8 acres (3.2 ha) in 1959, and developed it over a 30 year period. The garden was first opened to the public in 1967, under the National Gardens Scheme. Lady Palmer gave it to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in 1988, together with an additional 32 acres (13 ha) of land. Nowadays Rosemoor Garden covers 65 acres (26 ha) and it hosts, apart from a range of gardens, a visitor centre, with a library, a plant centre, a shop, a restaurant and the Wisteria tearoom. In 2009 the garden received 129,690 visitors.

Rosemoor Website

Tapeley Court

A Georgian mansion, in pink brick, with a twentieth century Arts and Crafts ‘Italian’ garden. The terraces were designed by John Belcher and would serve as illustrations to Reginald Blomfield’s book on The Formal Garden. It overlooks the River Torridge and Bideford. Tapeley Park also has a kitchen garden and a woodland garden.

Tapeley Court Website

 

Other Devon gardens

  • Arlington Court garden, Barnstaple
  • Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, Budleigh
  • Buckland Abbey garden, Yelverton
  • Burrow Farm Gardens, Axminster
  • Castle Drogo Garden, Drewsteignton
  • Castle Hill Gardens, Barnstaple
  • Clovelly Court garden, Bideford
  • Coleton Fishacre Garden, Dartmouth
  • The Garden House, Yelverton
  • Greenway garden, Galmpton
  • Killerton garden, Exeter
  • Knightshayes Garden, Tiverton
  • Marwood Hill Gardens, Barnstaple
  • Overbecks Garden, Salcombe
  • RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington
  • Saltram Garden, Plymouth
  • Stone Lane Gardens Arboretum, Newton Abbot
  • Tiverton Castle Gardens, Tiverton
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