Houses and Gardens

Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens

A magnificent 20 acre garden established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these plants were first introductions to this country, discovered by the plant hunting descendants of the Countess.

Open Spring/Summer
10am to 5pm/6pm
Autumn/Winter
10am to 4pm/dusk

Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens Bullers Way, Abbotsbury Nr Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4LA

Tel: 01305 871387

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A La Ronde (National Trust)

A unique 16 sided 18th century house, with a distinctive interior including a "feather frieze" and shell room, houses an impressive collection of Grand Tour mementoes. There are some stunning views over the Exe Estuary also.

Open all year
Summer 10am to 6pm
Winter 10am to 5pm

A La Ronde Summer Lane, Exmouth, Devon EX8 5BD

Tel: 01395 265514

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Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

Miniature village, climbing camp, Bigfoot maze, crazy golf, large indoor play complex, nature trail and acres of informal gardens. Special area for the under 5's. Lots to do indoors if bad weather.

Open all year
Summer 10am to 6pm
Winter 10am to 5pm

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7BJ

Tel: 01395 568465

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Burrow Farm Gardens

A beautifully landscaped, ten acre garden, Burrow Farm Gardens will appeal to both the plantsmen and those seeking a relaxing walk round a tranquil garden with extensive views. It includes a fascinating woodland garden created in an ancient Roman clay pit, and the most recent addition is the millennium rill garden.

Open Apr - Sep
Daily 10am to 7pm

Burrow Farm Gardens Dalwood, Axminster, East Devon EX13 7ET

Tel: 01404 831285

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Cadhay Manor House

Cadhay is a beautiful Elizabethan Manor House built around a central courtyard with luxurious accommodation for up to 22 people and magnificent gardens.

Open May - Sep
Daily 2pm to 5:30pm

Cadhay Manor House Fairmile, nr Ottery St Mary, East Devon EX11 1QS

Tel: 01404 812999

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Escot House and Gardens

Enjoy the natural historical gardens and fantasy woodland which surround the ancestral home of the Kennaway family.
Escot is a place for people who love Nature - here are paths, trails, vistas, places to picnic, things to enchant and delight, and everywhere beautiful flowers, shrubs and specimen trees.

Open all year
Summer 10am to 6pm
Winter 10am to 5pm

Escot Park Ottery St. Mary, Devon EX11 1LU

Tel: 01404 822188

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Forde Abbey and Gardens

The Roper family welcome you to Forde Abbey, their unique house surrounded by over 30 acres of world famous gardens. Founded by Cistercian monks over 800 years ago it became one of the richest and most learned monasteries in the country. The Abbey now stands at the heart of a family run estate. Much of the food served in the restaurant is grown in the garden or on the estate.

Open all year
10am to 4:30pm
House closed Mondays except on Bank Holidays

Forde Abbey and Gardens Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU

Tel: 01460 220231

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Killerton

This fine 18th century house is home to the Paulise de Bush costume collection with over 9,000 outfits. With stunning parkland walks all year round and a delightful hillside garden featuring rhododendrums, magnolias and rare trees it is a spectacular year round treat on the senses.

Open all year
11am to 5pm
House closed Mondays except on Bank Holidays

Killerton Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon EX5 3LE

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Knightshayes Court

Stand in one of the lavishly decorated rooms of Knightshayes and soak up the atmosphere of grand Victorian country house life. From the smoking and billiard rooms to the elegant boudoir, the rich interiors are enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

Delight in the outstanding gardens featuring a water lily pool and unusual topiary, fine specimen trees, rare shrubs and delightful seasonal colours. Meander through the grounds on an attractive woodland walk.

Open 17 Mar - 4 Nov
11am to 5pm
House closed Fridays

Knightshayes Court Bolham Tiverton, Devon EX16 7RQ

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Otter Nurseries Garden Centre

One of the most popular garden centres in the South West, Otter Nurseries is the ideal place whatever the weather. With over 2 acres under cover offering thousands of quality plants, home and leisure goods and a restaurant serving freshly prepared meals and snacks all made using the best fresh local ingredients, it's a perfect place for convenient and relaxed out of town shopping.

M to Sa 9am - 5:30pm
Su 10:30am - 4:30pm
W 9am - 8pm

Otter Nurseries Garden Centre Gosford Road, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1LZ

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Sand House and Gardens

The main family house is Elizabethan, with an adjacent Mediaeval Hall House, 6 acres of gardens with lawns, borders and woodland.

August Bank Holiday
House open 2pm - 6pm
Apr to Sep
Garden open
Su, M & Tu
2pm - 6pm

Sand House Sidbury Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0QN

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Pecorama

Ride on the Beer Heights Light Railway, model railway exhibition, play area, crazy golf and fitness trail.

Open Apr to Oct
M - F 10am to 5:30pm
Sa 10am to 1pm
Su 10am to 5:30pm

Pecorama Beer, Devon EX12 3NA

Tel: 01297 21542

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Shute Barton

Plantagenet Manor House, with the Great Kitchen which has, it is believed, the largest open fireplace in the country. Limited opening hours.

Open Apr to Oct
W & Sa 2pm to 5pm

Shute Barton nr Axminster, Devon EX13 7PT

Tel: 01297 34692

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