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Bolham, Tiverton,
Devon, EX16 7RQ


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Gardens open daily 1 February - 2 November. Limited winter opening hours.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: No
House Open for Viewing: Yes

Daily 1 Feb - 2 November. Limited winter opening hours.

National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:


To see:

Autumn colours

Admission Prices

Adult £8.95 Child £4.45 Reduced admission in November and December

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Dogs in woodland walks on lead only. Guide dogs in stables. Only ground floor of House accessible to disabled.

Garden Features & Events

Victorian country house with richly decorated interiors and garden with outstanding plant collection; Designed by the eccentric William Burges; Splendid Romantic and Gothic-style interiors; Celebrated gardens with lily pools, floral borders, amusing topiary and walled kitchen garden; Rare shrubs and specimen trees give vivid autumn colours; Play the pianos; Newly restored and fully productive walled kitchen garden

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

Lower Collipriest Farm, Tiverton

Inns & Pubs:

Hartnoll hotel, Bolham

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Tiverton Grand Western Canal Museum Bickleigh Mill

Description of Garden

This garden has been described as embodying 'all that is best in modern gardening' which includes formal gardens, summer flowering borders, drifts of spring bulbs, topiary, and a garden in the wood bursting with rare trees and shrubs underplanted with woodland bulbs and herbaceous plants. The gardens nearest the house are the formal areas: terraces, a paved garden, and amusing topiary cut in the yew hedge and the pool garden, with its round pond overlooked by a Victorian sculpture of a bather and a Weeping Silver Pear Tree.

Knightshayes' most famous planting is the Garden in the Wood. Camellia and azalea are underplanted with geranium, hellebore, trillium and pulmonaria. Magical glades display tree magnolia and rhododendron and an arboretum of ornamental trees such as clethra, aralia and acer. The walled kitchen garden (near the stables) being restored as an exemplar of modern organic gardening practice.

History Of Garden

Originally designed by the celebrated landscaper Edward Kemp in the 1870s, the garden owes much to Sir John and Lady Heathcoat-Amory, who gave Knightshayes to the National Trust in 1972. The house was designed by William Burges and built between 1869 and 1874.

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