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Gardens to visit in East Devon and surrounding area - Any recommendatioins.

YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,024

Every year I plan a few days away visiting gardens with my friend.  This year we are staying in Kilmington East Devon in June and the gardens we are planning to visit are

Forde Abbey and Gardens

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Bennetts water garden

East Lambrook

Barringtons Court

Bishops Palace Gardens Wells

I just wondered if any of you have any thoughts on our choices and whether you know of any really good gardens in the area that we have missed out.

Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands


  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 4,256
    When in East Devon I thoroughly enjoyed a visit to Bicton Park Botanical gardens next to Bicton College, at a place called Colaton Raleigh.   Well worth it I think.
    I also enjoyed Knightshayes Court which is near Tiverton..
  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,024
    Thanks Marlorena, I'll take a look.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 15,309
    The gardens I have visited are more in central Devon, The Garden House, Coleton Fishacre, but I had a look and found this one more in the area you are visiting  
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 15,309
    PS. Forde Abbey is lovely.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,024
    Like the look of Burrow Farm BL, might have to review the itinery.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 6,571
    Bishop's Palace in Wells is lovely (but you need to park in the main car park in Wells and walk). Barrington Court is good and East Lambrook was interesting when I visited many years ago. Hestercombe near Taunton is another good choice. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,600
    I second Barrington Court ( don't miss the beautiful barns ),  Coleton Fishacre and Hestercombe
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 4,060
    definitely Hestercombe. Knightshayes for the kitchen garden if you're into that
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