stately homes gardens etc in North Devon
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Stately Homes & Gardens in North Devon

Heritage sites also including country houses in North Devon...

North Devon Stately Homes, Country Houses & Gardens

blank tabTAPELEY PARKStately Homes & Gardens
Westleigh, Bideford, Devon, EX39 4NT
With four distinctly themed areas, much of it worked on organic principles including the prolific Permaculture garden.

Tapeley Garden is home to a rich and fascinating variety of flowers, shrubs, vegetables and wildlife.

Features: Italian Terrace Borders; traditional walled Kitchen Garden; Lake with massive Thuja Plicata trees; Granite Labyrinth and monument from where one can enjoy magnificent views across the estuary to Saunton and beyond. Highland Cattle; Tea Rooms - light lunches and teas; Small children's Play Area 'hidden' in the Wild Garden; Gift Shop.

Open from late March to end October.

Season tickets available. We are closed Saturdays.
Tel: 01271 860897
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blank tabCHAMBERCOMBE MANORStately Homes & Gardens
Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9RJ
A unique 11th Century historic Manor House, with beautiful gardens and woodland walks. Chambercombe Manor occupies a secluded valley and is steeped in history and legends. Dating back to 1066 and mentioned in the Doomsday book Chambercombe was owned by the Duke of Suffolk, father of Lady Jane Grey in the 16th Century. Chambercombe boasts many original features including a plaster Tudor frieze, and a mysterious secret chamber that housed a skeleton. There's a selection of interesting pieces of period furniture. After taking the guided tour enjoy a cream tea in our Tea rooms.

We offer bed and breakfast accommodation from 4-6 people during certain times of the year. We also have 5 self catering cottages sleeping 2-6 people available all year round.
Tel: 01271 862624
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Arlington Court

Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP
Tel: 01271 850296    Fax: 01271 851108

Arlington Court Photo © Linda Bailey
Arlington Court -
Photo: Linda Bailey CCL


Regency house with interesting collections, nestling in the thickly wooded valley of the River Yeo lies the 2700 acre Arlington Court estate. At its centre stands the intimate and intriguing home of Miss Rosalie Chichester, who lived here for 84 years until 1949. Crowded with treasures amassed from her travels, the house contains model ships, tapestry, pewter and shells.

In the basement visitors can view Devon’s largest colony of Lesser Horseshoe bats via the ‘batcam’. The stable block houses one of the best collections of 19th-century horse-drawn vehicles in the country and offers carriage rides around the grounds.

The 30 acre gardens are largely informal but include a small Victorian garden with conservatory and ornamental pond, leading to a partially restored walled kitchen garden.Wonderful walks take in historic parkland grazed by Jacob sheep and Shetland ponies, leafy woodlands and a lake with heronry and bird hide.

Discount National Trust Membership

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Hartland Abbey

Cuckoo Wood Cottage, Hartland, Bideford, Devon, EX39 6DW
Tel: 01237 441264     E-mail:

Hartland Abbey lies across a narrow, sheltered valley which winds its way to the spectacular Atlantic Coast only a mile away. Within a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ visitors may wander freely around the beautiful gardens and grounds which lead to the rocky cove. Peacocks and bantams 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.

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Watersmeet House

Lynmouth, Devon, EX35 6NT
Tel: 01598 753348

A fishing lodge, built c.1832 in a picturesque valley at the confluence of the East Lyn and Hoar Oak Water, and now a NT shop, with refreshments and information. The site has been a tea-garden since 1901 and is the focal point for several beautiful walks.

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Docton Mill & Gardens

Lymebridge, Hartland, Bideford, Devon, EX39 6EA
Tel: 01237 441369     E-mail:

Less than a mile from the sea, nestling in one of Devon's outstanding beauty spots lies Docton Mill. The mill itself, mentioned in the Doomsday Book, has been restored along with its waterways and now generates electricity for the house. The internationally renowned garden blends with natural landscape. Eight acres of sheltered wooded valley with millpond, trout stream crossed by footbridges and smaller streams. The encompassing bog garden is exceptional. Docton is situated close to the famous Spekes Mill waterfall and to Hartland Quay with its fascinating rock formations.

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Broomhill Sculpture Gardens

Tel: 01271 850262

60 sculptors - 300 sculptures - 10 acres of garden in one of Devon's most glorious valleys. Award winning restaurant. New works are continually being added to the ever-changing Sculpture Garden. The Art Gallery shows a richly varied program of around eight exhibitions each year.

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