Castle Hill Gardens
Exceptional 50 acre garden surrounding magnificent Palladian house, including lavender edged herbaceous borders and a water sculpture, woodland walks with Daffodils, Bluebells, Camellias, Magnolias Azaleas, Eucryphias. Outstanding views, Temples and a sham Castle.
Castle Hill was built in 1730 as the Earl Fortesque's family home in North Devon. The Palladian House, in which his descendants, the Earl and Countess of Arran are living, is set in an 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 Millenium Garden designed by Xa Tollemache, a Chelsea Gold Medalist. 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 then drawn across a small country road by a tree-lined avenue towards the Triumphal Arch built as an eye-catcher.
Follwing the path to the west of the house, the woodland gardens are reached where there are Camellias, Magnolias, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Hydrangeas and Eucryphias planted in abundance, together with many other beautiful shrubs abd rare trees growing both by the river, along an network of woodland paths and in the Easter Close. Many of the paths, some gentle, some steep, are punctuated with follies, and temples built by each generation of the Fortesque family. The final climb takes you to the Castle perched splendidly on the high hill behind the house with magnificent views to Exmoor, Dartmoor and Lundy Island.
Adult - £5
Senior - £4.50
Child (5 - 15) £2.50
Family - £14
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VenueCastle Hill Gardens
Filleigh, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX32 0RQ
Map reference: SS 677288 Lat: 51.04342 Long: -3.88740
Leave A361 North Devon Link Road at roundabout west of South Molton onto B3226. Follow signs to Filleigh. Shortly after passing through Stags Head, Yellow Lodge on right, go through drive gates following signs to car park.
By Public Transport:
Bus from South Molton (4 miles) or Baranstaple (8 miles).
Parking : free
Accessible by Public Transport : 9 miles (14.5 kms) from Barnstaple station
Events at this venue
|Sun 2 Jun 2013||Babe - The Sheep Pig|
|Fri 19 - Sun 21 Jul 2013||National Sheepdog Trials and Country Fair|
|Sat 3, Sun 4 Aug 2013||Castle Hill Classic Car Festival|
|Fri 9 Aug 2013||Outdoor Theatre - Treasure Island|
|Wed 21 Aug 2013||A Midsummer Night's Dream|