Visit Castle Hill's open gardens in North Devon and stay to enjoy refreshments in our new tearoom
Why not join us as a Friend of Castle Hill (see below)
As you arrive at Castle Hill, your eye will be drawn to the huge long ochre coloured house nestled under the hill on which is perched the Castle.
During the season you will receive a lovely welcome at the garden kiosk, younger visitors can then be directed to the Tanglewood Tree for an exhilarating climb on one of our oldest trees in the garden.
Truly a 'garden for all seasons' there is such a variety of things to see and activities for children to enjoy that you could spend all day here. Why not bring the family for a picnic, let the children run around, explore and learn in the safe environment of our family friendly 50 acre garden near South Molton. After your walk come and enjoy a cream tea, local hand-made cake or light lunch in our new tearoom. Four legged friends on leads are welcome too!
Castle Hill is thrilled to be included in Jim Gardiner's top ten Woodland Gardens to visit in 2015. Mr Gardiner is Executive Vice President of the RHS and has visited and enjoyed hundreds of gardens in the UK and around the world. Castle Hill is listed in his top ten alongside Holker Hall and Gardens (Cumbria), Westonbirt Aboretum (Gloucestershire), Caerhays Castle (Cornwall) and Bondant Garden (Wales) amongst others.
Castle Hill Gardens surround the magnificent Palladian house, seat of the Fortescues since 1454. The house was built in 1730 as the Earl Fortescue’s family home in North Devon. Today, Castle Hill is home to his descendants, the Earl and Countess of Arran. It is set in a spectacular 18th century parkland landscape punctuated with statues, follies and temples built by each generation of the Fortescues.
The newly restored 18th century temple - The Holwell Temple - is now lit at night and with the removal of the trees is a spectacular sight on the edge of the woods. It is proving a very popular choice as a wedding venue.
View our GARDENS GALLERY>
An hour, a day, a lifetime of memories
You can spend as little as an hour with us, or easily make it a full day. It is certainly a garden you will not forget – for all the right reasons. Castle Hill's family and dog friendly gardens attract plenty of comment, and one of our proudest is:
"Probably the best privately owned garden in Devon".
For more information on the gardens download our gardens & events brochure by CLICKING HERE>
New for 2016
Friends of Castle Hill
To replace our current ‘Season Ticket’ offering we would like to invite all visitors to our gardens to join us as a Friend of Castle Hill and enjoy membership benefits.
Benefits to include a welcome event on Friday 24th June at 6pm. Members will enjoy an evening of wine and refreshments with an informative talk from Lord and Lady Arran.
Each member can also enjoy a free cup of tea/coffee and a slice of home-made cake on two of their visits during the season, just present your Membership Card for this offer.
Further benefits will be promoted as the scheme progresses.