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Hartland,
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North Devon
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Houses & Gardens

The Garden started in the 1930’s but fell into disrepair in the 1970’s. 1980 saw the Mill renovated and the Garden cleared with extensive planting and the creation of a new Bog Garden and borders, vast numbers of trees were planted. The start of the new Millennium saw developments including a new Magnolia Garden with large Herbaceous borders, Woodland Garden and a Greenhouse area enabling more extensive plant propagation.

Only one mile from Hartland Quay, Hartland Abbey lies across a narrow, sheltered valley which winds its way to the spectacular Atlantic Coast. Within a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ visitors may wander around the beautiful gardens and grounds which lead to a rocky cove. Peacocks and Guinea Fowl roam at will, whilst donkeys and Black Welsh Mountain Sheep graze the Old Deer Park.

Hartland Abbey is the lived-in family home of the Stucley family. Although it was built in the 12th century, remaining as a monastery for 400 years and passing through the female line three times, it has never been sold. Consequently, it contains collections of pictures, furniture and porcelain which have accumulated over many generations. The story of the Abbey mirrors local and national history at every turn. It has a friendly and lived-in atmosphere, so often absent in many of our nation’s historic houses.

Clovelly Court Gardens have recently been restored to their full glory, the classic Victorian kitchen garden with its ancient stone walls, a particular feature. Within the five greenhouses you will find peaches, lemons, apricots melons, nectarines, vegetables and vines. Apple, plum, pear, cherry and fig trees line the walls in the lower half of the garden along with herbaceous borders, providing a riot of colour in midsummer. Take a stroll through the ornate wrought-iron gates to the formal garden and terraced lawns with panoramic views of Lundy Island. Continue on the Long Walk through woodlands with recently planted bulbs and rhododendrons leading into Clovelly village.

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Broomhill lies in one of the most glorious valleys in North Devon surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodland and bound by its own stream. 300 sculptures by over 60 sculptors are sited in 10 acres of garden that present a wonderful balance between art and nature.

Castle Hill was built in 1730 as the Earl Fortescue’s family home in North Devon. The Palladian House, in which his descendants, the Earl and Countess of Arran are living, is set in a spectacular 18th century parkland landscape with grass terraces and statues leading down to the river and lakes.

To the east side of the house is the Millennium Garden, designed by Xa Tollemache, the Chelsea Gold medallist. The large herbaceous borders are edged with box and lavender and an illuminated “topiary” water sculpture was designed and built by Giles Rayner in 2002. From there the path takes you to the formal terraced lawns in front of the house where the eye is drawn across a small country road by a tree-lined avenue towards the Triumphal Arch built as an eye catcher.

Following the path to the west of the house, the woodland gardens are reached where camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas, eucryphias abound together with other beautiful shrubs. Rare trees grow by the river and amongst a network of woodland paths in the Easter Close. Many of the paths, some gentle, some steep, are punctuated with follies, and temples built by each generation of the Fortescue family. The final climb takes you to the Castle perched splendidly on the high hill behind the house with magnificent views of Exmoor, Dartmoor and Lundy Island.

Tapeley Park is a stately home situated near the coast in beautiful North Devon. Between Instow and Bideford, Tapeley park has lots of attractions for all the family.

Intimate and intriguing Regency house, set in an extensive estate, and an impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles

Relaxing and inspiring, a gem set in the enchanting Devon countryside.

Tintagel Castle is famous for its association with the legend of King Arthur, who was said to be born on Tintagel Island where the remains of the 13th century Castle stand today.

With its spectacular location on one of England's most dramatic coastlines, It is an awe-inspiring place to visit and soak up the atmosphere generated by the dramatic views and wonderful legends.

The coastline around Tintagel is significant because it is composed of old Devonian slate; about a mile southwards from Tintagel towards Treknow the coastline was quarried extensively for this hard-wearing roofing surface.

The turquoise green water around this coast is caused by the slate/sand around Tintagel which contains elements of copper: strong sunlight turns the water a light turquoise green colour in warm weather.

Tintagel Castle is set on a dramatic and picturesque headland that is virtually an island, connected to the mainland by a slim finger of land. Over the centuries much of Tintagel castle has fallen into the sea and very little remains today.

One of the Trust's most delightful medieval buildings, enhanced by a cottage garden.

The Eden Project is one of the UK's top gardens and conservation tourist attractions located in Cornwall. A living theatre of plants and people...

Ten years ago this place was a barren, exhausted china clay pit. Now its massive Biomes (one of which is the biggest greenhouse in the world) and millions of plants bear witness to what can be achieved by a can-do attitude and the tenacity of the human spirit. Eden is as potent a symbol of hope for the future as you could find anywhere on earth.

Here you will find crops, landscapes and wild plants which reflect the amazing diversity of our planet. There's also internationally famous architecture and art which draw inspiration from nature; and a stage on which people working to make our world a better place can tell their stories.

The unique island experience!

Lundy offers a very rare experience. It is large enough to have a genuine life of its own, which visitors can share and enjoy, but small and far enough away to be a world apart and unspoilt. Activities on Lundy range from the adventurous, such as rock climbing or diving in the Marine Nature Reserve, to the more gentle pursuits of birdwatching, walking, socialising at the Marisco Tavern or simply relaxing in this remote and tranquil place.

During the summer months (April to the end of October), the MS Oldenburg, carries visitors from Bideford or Illfracombe. Voted boat trip of the year in 2003 passengers enjoy breathtaking views of the North Devon coast.

The unique island experience!

Lundy offers a very rare experience. It is large enough to have a genuine life of its own, which visitors can share and enjoy, but small and far enough away to be a world apart and unspoilt. Activities on Lundy range from the adventurous, such as rock climbing or diving in the Marine Nature Reserve, to the more gentle pursuits of birdwatching, walking, socialising at the Marisco Tavern or simply relaxing in this remote and tranquil place.

During the summer months (April to the end of October), the MS Oldenburg, carries visitors from Bideford or Illfracombe. Voted boat trip of the year in 2003 passengers enjoy breathtaking views of the North Devon coast.

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