The warm Atlantic winds and the sunshine make North Devon ann ideal spot for some serious gardening. On this holiday we visit three classic examples and still have time to enjoy the towns, villages and coastal walks so characteristic of the area.
We are based in the picturesque riverside town of Bideford. Our hotel looks across the River Torridge to the main town on the other bank. We will take some time to explore the town and the historic quay, lined with charming cafes, independent shops, and craft stalls.
Just a short bus ride from Bideford lies the picturesque village of Westward Ho! This coastal haven boasts a golden sandy beach that stretches for miles. After a quick look around, we will follow the coast north to Northam Burrows and cut across to Appledore. Amongst other attractions the local ice cream is spectacular.
For nature enthusiasts, a visit to Rosemoor Gardens is an absolute must. Managed by the Royal Horticultural Society, these gardens boast a diverse array of plants, including enchanting roses, vibrant borders, and tranquil woodland areas. Meander along the pathways, breathe in the fragrant blooms, and find serenity amidst the beauty of nature.
Tapeley offers a unique combination of stunning gardens, impressive architecture, and an eco-friendly approach. The beautifully manicured gardens, adorned with sculptures and exotic plants, provide a perfect setting for a leisurely stroll. Additionally, the estate's commitment to sustainability and organic farming practices adds an educational and environmentally conscious dimension to your visit.
For a final hurrah we have a trip out to the charming village of Clovelly. With its traffic-free cobbled streets and traditional whitewashed cottages, Clovelly feels like a living postcard. Venturing further into the rugged beauty of North Devon we explore Hartland. The coast is known for its dramatic cliffs, hidden coves, and striking rock formations Hartland Abbey, a historic house with beautiful gardens, offers a piece of tranquillity.