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Arlington, Barnstaple,
Devon, EX31 4LP

01271 850296

01271 851108

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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

11th Mar - 4th Nov; daily; 11am - 5pm
10th Nov - 23rd Dec; Sat & Sun; 11am - 3pm
26th Dec - 31st Dec; daily; 11am - 3pm
Grounds open all year, dawn to dusk
Last admission 30mins before closing

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Groups must be booked in advance.

Group Appointment: No
House Open for Viewing: Yes

11th Mar - 4th Nov; daily; 11am - 5pm
10th Nov - 23rd Dec; Sat & Sun; 11am - 3pm

National Garden Scheme days: Yes

Sunday 27 May - £2 for talk and walk with gardener. Normal entry fee applies

Best Times of Year to Visit:

May and June, August, October

To see:

Produce in the kitchen garden, new conservatory being built summer 2012

Admission Prices

Adult £9.20, child £4.60, family £23.10 family (1 adult) £14.50
Gardens & Carriage Collection only: £7, child £3.50

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:
Garden Features & Events

Intimate and intriguing Regency house, set in extensive estate, and impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles; The Trust's largest collection of horse-drawn carriages, Varied collections of eccentric traveller Rosalie Chichester; View Devon's largest colony of lesser horseshoe bats via the 'bat-cam' (May to August); Charming Victorian pleasure grounds; Home to Jacob sheep, red deer and peacocks.

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

Barnstaple Hotel, Barnstaple Valley of Rocks Hotel, Lynton

Inns & Pubs:

Pyne Arms
The Old Station Inn
Ring O'Bells

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

The grounds at Arlington Court are largely informal, with large clumps of rhododendron, hydrangeas, specimen trees and drifts of wildflowers in the spring. The exception is the one acre Victorian garden, which extends across three levels of grass with a conservatory as its centrepiece. The herbaceous borders flanking conservatory are full of colour throughout the summer from perennials while the high wall behind hides the newly restored kitchen garden. Circular flower beds have been cut into one of the terraces to recreate basket beds filled with bedding plants, and enclosed by ironwork frames through which cobaeas grow. The looped pattern is echoed by the arches of honeysuckle which flank a goldfish pond and fountain on the middle terrace of the garden. To the south of the Victorian garden are ferns, pampas grass and gunnera.

The newest jewel in Arlington's crown is the walled kitchen garden which has been restored to full working order with heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables growing. The produce is used in dishes in the tearoom and sold as veg boxes from the shop.

History Of Garden

Arlington has undergone many changes, from productive Tudor gardens to a 'picturesque' landscape which was further developed with 'gardenesque' features and Victorian style. The Victorian flower garden was laid out in 1865. The house is Georgian and is surrounded by what was originally conceived as a wildlife sanctuary by Rosalie Chichester, with a lakeside nature reserve at its heart, for her menagerie of domestic animals, some of whom still graze the park.

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