Colourful array in the Hot Garden at Rosemoor, Devon
Colourful array in the Hot Garden at Rosemoor, Devon

Garden Tours

Gardens of Devon

The lush green pastures and dramatic moors of Devon provide the attractive backdrop to our tour of gardens large and small – some famous, others privately owned and less well-known.

We begin at the gardens of Hestercombe in the hills above Taunton, a unique combination of three centuries of garden including the stunning Edwardian garden designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Of course we could not come to Devon without visiting RHS Garden Rosemoor, which is world famous for its roses and lies in the heart of the Devon countryside. Nearby are the wonderful private gardens of Marwood Hill, with an equally impressive collection of plants. We travel down to Killerton, with its countless trees and sparking rock garden, and further still to The Garden House, a romantic and richly-planted garden. The small private garden of Holbrook and the great Gothic Revival house and gardens of Knightshayes Court round off a richly endowed tour.

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Today's Price
$895

Deposit: $150 Single supplement: $160

Tour highlights:

  • Hestercombe, one of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens’ greatest masterpieces
  • RHS perfection at Rosemoor
  • Privately-owned gardens at Marwood Hill and Holbrook
  • Killerton’s sparkling rock garden
  • Gothic Revival style at Knightshayes Court

Tour details

Dates June 16 2020 - June 19 2020
Duration 4 days
Cost
Today's Price
$895
Deposit: $150 Single supplement: $160 Balance due by March 24 2020
Activity Level
Tour code BWDEV20A

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
London
Tothill St, Westminster
0800 2200
Reading
Sainsbury’s, Jcn 12, M4
0915 2045
Swindon
Holiday Inn Express, Frankland Rd
1030 1930
Bristol
outside the Double Tree Hilton
1200 1800

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

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June 16 2020: Itinerary

We depart from our pick-up points and head to Hestercombe, one of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens’ greatest masterpieces. The garden is home to a round pool in a round walled garden filled with wintersweet and roses, a Dutch garden of lamb's ears, lavender and the most beautiful orangery of the 20th century. Everywhere there are details of design and planting from which any gardener can learn. We shall enjoy a guided tour here.

Following our visit we will continue to our comfortable accommodation at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton. Dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Best Western Tiverton Hotel

Following breakfast this morning we have a real treat when we have a guided tour of the Royal Horticultural Society's great treasure of Rosemoor, near Great Torrington in the heart of rural Devon. There are two gardens here, the first an intimate woodland garden dating from the 1960s, which has an excellent collection of trees and shrubs which relish the acid soil – dogwoods, eucryphias, maples, pieris, rhododendrons and vacciniums. The other is a more ambitious affair, which has been developed since the RHS became the owner in 1988, with rose gardens and giant borders, a lake and stream garden and a Mediterranean garden, all impeccably labelled with many interpretation boards. After the guided tour you are free to explore the two gardens at a leisurely pace.

In the afternoon we visit Marwood Hill, a beautiful 20 acre valley garden created by Dr J.A. Smart in the 1950s. The landscaping is delightful with three small lakes, a large bog garden and a rock and alpine scree. In the spring the garden is bright with primulas and irises and the National Collections of 'Iris ensata' and tulbahias can be found here. The garden also contains the National Collection of astilbes and in the summer these flower in profusion along the damp margins of the lakes and streams. An extensive range of plants thrive at Marwood Hill including camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, eucryphias, hebes, ferns, willows and eucalyptus. There are also marvellous clematis and 12 different species of wisteria cascade over the pergola.

We return to the hotel where dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Best Western Tiverton Hotel

We begin our day with a visit to the gardens of Killerton . Countless trees and shrubs thrive in the gardens including rhododendrons, magnolias, stewartias and maples. A masterly rock garden in an old quarry sparkles with hellebores, hostas and geraniums among mossy rocks under a canopy of old camellias and maples.

We travel deep into south Devon this afternoon to visit The Garden House, near the village of Buckland Monachorum. Here, around some romantically decaying 16th century ruins, Lionel Fortescue created a suitably romantic garden, built on precipitous terraces from which there are lovely views over the garden and surrounding countryside. Clematis and roses scale the old walls that surround the garden and there is a wonderful richness of plants. There is also, of course, another very good nursery selling marvellous plants, an opportunity to stock up on some new additions to your own garden.

Dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Best Western Tiverton Hotel

This morning following breakfast we check out of our hotel and travel to nearby Holbrook Gardens, a one hectare private garden outside Sampford Peverell, Tiverton. The garden is an evolving tapestry of planting with experimental naturalistic plantings creating differing habitats. The plantings draw on the German approach to naturalism but strongly influenced by wild plant populations and species.

Our final visit is to Knightshayes Court - one of the finest examples anywhere of the Gothic Revival country house. The extraordinary “medieval romantic” interiors give an atmospheric insight into grand country living and the celebrated garden features a water lily pool, topiary, specimen trees, rare shrubs, seasonal colour and an impressive Victorian kitchen garden which supplies fresh, organic fruit and vegetables to the property’s restaurant.

Following our visit we will return to our original pick-up points.

Meals include: Breakfast

June 16 2020: Additional Info

June 16 2020: Accommodation

On the outskirts of Tiverton, Best Western Tiverton Hotel is just 20 minutes from Exmoor National Park. Set in mature gardens, the hotel has free parking, free Wi-Fi and a restaurant.

The spacious bedrooms at Tiverton Best Western each have a private bathroom and tea and coffee facilities. All rooms have a seating area and satellite TV, and ironing facilities are also available.

The Gallery Restaurant serves traditional, regional cuisine using fresh local produce. Light lunches and fair-trade coffees are served in the cosy lounge bar, and a generous breakfast buffet is available each morning.

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