Castle Hill Gardens, nr Barnstaple

Castle Hill was built in 1730 as the Earl of 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 an 18th century parkland landscape with grass terraces and statues leading down to the river and lakes.

Open 2 April – 31 August from 11am - 5pm every day except Saturday


To the east side of the house is the Millennium Garden designed by XA Tollemache, the Chelsea Gold Medallist. 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.

Following the path to the west of the house, the woodland gardens are reached where there are camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons and many more planted in abundance.
Many of the paths, some steep, some gentle, are punctuated with follies and temples built by each generation of the Fortescue 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.

Additional information

Guided tours by arrangement. Teas are available on Sundays and Bank Holidays