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Castle Hill - Historic Home & Gardens

Castle Hill - Historic Home & Gardens

Address: The Castle Hill Estate Office Filleigh Barnstaple Devon  EX32 0RH
Telephone: 01598 760421
Region: North Devon - more
Visit Castle Hill's open gardens in North Devon
A visit to North Devon would not be complete without a visit to Castle Hill to see the gardens. Truly a 'garden for all seasons' there is such a variety of things to see and activities for children to enjoy that you can spend all day here.

Welcome to the 2012 season at Castle Hill!
While driving up to the house you are greeted by thousands of glorious daffodils lining the front drive and you will see the gentle glow of our beautiful home standing under the hill topped by the Castle. The Woodland Gardens have sprung to life with joy this year having recovered remarkably well from the rigours of the 2010 winter when we thought we had lost so much. Camellias and early rhododendrons nestle along the woodland paths and it is very rewarding to take a look at the smaller paths running deep into the woods where there are many more less seen delights.

We are thrilled and proud of our Magnolias which seem to be growing well and flowering well, the early flush look lovely towering amongst the trees and later on there will be many more. Another great pleasure is Daffodil Wood just beyond the house, this has been planted over 5 years and there is now a real profusion growing under the Beech trees, a sight to gladden the heart! Primroses are carpeting the grassy banks while a few early bluebells are braving the still cool days and nights.

This year we are hoping to give our young visitors more fun too so the huge tree, a Lawson, beside the Ticket Office has become an adventure trail as yet to be named, ideas please? and in the Easter Close we are making a small play area for children to enjoy.

There is so much to see and do at Castle Hill, have a look at our website and we wish you a very happy time here during the coming months.

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".

Castle Hill was built in 1730 as the Earl Fortescue’s family home in North Devon. The Palladian house, in which his descendants, the Earl and Countess of Arran are living, is set in a spectacular 18th century parkland landscape with grass terraces.

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