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Filleigh, Barnstaple,
Devon, EX32 0RQ

01598 760336

01598 760457


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

10th April  - 30th September daily except Saturdays, 11am - 5pm.
October - March every day except Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4pm Reduced admission
£3.00 Adults & Seniors, Children under 16 Free

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Refreshments available for groups of 20+ by prior arrangement.

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

April - June June - August

To see:

Rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias, azaleas. Millennium Garden with lilies, agapanthus, phlox, penstemon.

Admission Prices

Adult £6.00; Senior Citizens £5.50, Children £2.50 (under 5's free), Family £15.00 (up to 3 children), Groups of 20+ people £5
Friends: Single £20; Couple £35, Family £40

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

Some facilities for disabled.

Light lunches available from the tearoom/kiosk.

Refreshments/lunches for groups of 20+ available if pre-booked
See own website for events.

Garden Features & Events

Country House Sale - 14th May

Outdoor Theatre Season

Danny the Champion of the World - Friday 3rd June at 5pm

Gulliver's Travels - Wednesday 27th July at 5pm

The Scarlet Pimpernel - Thursday 11th August at 6pm 

All tickets available from The Plough Arts Centre (see website)

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

Highbullen, Chittlehamholt Northcote Manor, Umberleigh


Stumbles, South Molton The George, South Molton

Inns & Pubs:

Stags Head Inn, Filleigh The Jack Russell, Swimbridge

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Filleigh - Church
- South Molton
Quince Honey Farm
Heritage Trail
Pannier Market (Thurs & Sat)
Museum (in summer).

Description of Garden

The parkland, studded with grass terraces and statues leads down to the river and lakes. On the east side of the house is the Millennium Garden, designed by Xa Tollemache, featuring large herbaceous borders edged with box and lavender and an illuminated topiary water sculpture designed by Giles Rayner in 2002. Following the path, the visitor then comes to the formal terraced lawns in front of the house where the eye is intentionally drawn to the Triumphal Arch at the end of a tree-lined avenue.

The path to the west side of the house leads to the woodland gardens full of rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias, azaleas, hydrangeas and eucryphias, together with many beautiful shrubs and rare trees growing by the river, along the network of paths and in the Easter Close.

The final climb brings the visitor to the Castle, perched on the hill behind the house, with wonderful views to Exmoor, Dartmoor and Lundy Island.

History Of Garden

Castle Hill was built in 1730 as the Earl Fortescue's family home in Devon. The Palladian House, in which his descendants, the Earl & Countess of Arran are living is set in 18th century parkland. Each generation of the Fortescue family has added to the temples, follies and other features of the park and gardens.