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About Castle Hill house and gardens in Devon

Castle Hill house and gardens are steeped in history and are, and have been for centuries, a home to the Fortescue family. Today it is loved and cherished by the Earl and Countess of Arran and is a wonderful North Devon visitor attraction. We'd like to tell you more...

A warm welcome from Lady Arran

“We welcome you most warmly to our stunningly beautiful Palladian home in its wondrous Grade 1 landscape in North Devon. It gives us great pleasure to be able to share our romantic Woodland Gardens with you. Wander through rare trees along tranquil paths where magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas grow in abundance together with profusions of daffodils, bluebells and carpets of Devon primroses. Meander beside water where Tarka the Otter's offspring gambol, with vistas to 18th century temples and bridges. Visit the Sham Castle with all round views to distant horizons. A peaceful descent brings you to our Millennium Garden, a summer haven of lavender and gentle colours. We feel sure that Castle Hill, loved and cherished throughout 14 generations of our family will envelop you in its mystical and magic beauty. ”

To read more about the family history CLICK HERE>

A venue in North Devon for events and weddings

Have your dream wedding at Castle Hill, where we have a licence for civil ceremonies, followed by an idyllic reception or party, in the West Wing, which will be truly memorable. Celebrate a special anniversary with dinner in the Red Dining Room. Hold a corporate meeting in the Arran Room, host a conference in the West Wing or bring your company for a team-building day in the Park.

Visiting the house and gardens

Although we do not open the House to the public, Lady Arran takes pre-booked groups fo 20 – 25 people for a personal tour around the house every year. These need booking at least 6 months in advance as they are very popular. Refreshments are available.

There is one item which is available for any member of the public to see – a George III Pier Glass. The viewing of this Pier Glass will not provide an opportunity to view the interior of the house and anyone wishing to see this item must write giving a minimum of two weeks’ notice and enclose their passport details.

Of course our gardens are open throughout the year – to find out more view our Gardens page by CLICKING HERE>