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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Garden open all round the year; - 4.30pm (last admission) 6pm garden closes
65+ seater coaches please enter through the Exit gate to the right of the main gates, being aware this is usually one-way.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Special rates available for groups of 15+

Group Appointment: Yes

call 01460-220231

House Open for Viewing: Yes

12noon - 4pm every day except Mon & Sat from 1st April - 31st Oct. Open on Bank Holidays

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

All year

To see:
Admission Prices

Adult Gardens only £9.00, House and Gardens £11.00, Children under 15 free; Groups of 15+ Gardens only £7.50pp; House & gardens £8.50pp; with guided tour £9.75pp
Children's Groups £4.00. Season tickets: £25 single, £40 double. Apply for 2 guest tickets per season ticket @£5.00 each
Winter entry £5 via 'honesty box'

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Nursery with fine and rare plants. Wheelchair available (Limited access in the House)

Garden Features & Events

Extensive spring bulb display, bog garden with asiatic primulas, ponds, herbaceous borders, Ionic Temple, arboretum and walled working kitchen garden. Also, the tallest powered fountain in England. 12,000 newly-planted tulips, Sweet Pea Fortnight in July.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Lordleaze Hotel, Chard Fairwater Head Hotel, Hawkchurch


Bridge House Hotel, Beaminster

Inns & Pubs:

The Bell, Winsham

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:


Description of Garden

A splendid 30-acre garden surrounding the Medieval house. Bordered on one side by the River Axe which forms the county boundary between Somerset and Dorset, its water features are fed by a spring and include a Great Pond, a series of smaller pools, cascades and also a canal near the house. These, together with the herbaceous borders and yew trees and beautiful mature trees on sloping lawns create a tranquil and pleasing environment. The owners have developed a superb Bog Garden with spectacular irises, primulas and hostas which can easily be inspected from the gravel paths and decking running through it. An extension to the rockery and a new Winter Garden are under development.

An extraordinary Beech House, a folly which has been constructed entirely of living saplings, includes a roof and small windows, and overlooks the Great Pond. Rare ducks may be seen from here. The walled garden, in use since the monks were here, has an excellent variety of fruits, vegetables and cutting flowers, with the expected greenhouses also full of delights. The arboretum has been extended since WWII and features some magnificent specimens.

History Of Garden

Forde was originally a Cistercian abbey, founded over 800 years ago; it has been in private hands since 1650. The Rock Garden was planted by Jack Drake.

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