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Click below to listen to Lord & Lady Arran talking about the Gardens at Castle Hill on BBC Radio Devon with Toby Buckland on 17 June 2018

Castle Hill Gardens are open Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm.


Tea Room open from Monday 21 March - 28th October 2022

Refreshments available for takeaway. Buy tickets on the day at the Gardens.  RHS partner members can visit the Gardens Monday to Wednesday. We have put in place measures to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.


Situated on the Southern edge of Exmoor and in the rolling hills of North Devon, these beautiful gardens showcase 50 acres of historic Parkland set against the breath-taking 18th Century Palladian Mansion House.

As you arrive at Castle Hill your eye will be drawn to the long ochre coloured house with the Castle on the hill behind.

There is always so much to see whatever the season that you will want to spend the day here. Young visitors can climb on one of the oldest trees in the garden – the Tanglewood Tree and explore the acres of garden and woodland. Four legged friends on leads are welcome too.

After an exhilarating walk stay and enjoy delicious homemade cake, cream tea or light lunch in our tearoom.

Proudly awarded an accolade from Jim Gardiner as one of the great Parks & Gardens in the South West.Castle Hill Gardens surround the magnificent Palladian house, home of the Fortescue family and built in 1730. Today Castle Hill is home to the 15th Fortescue generation.

In the spectacular 18th century landscape you will see statues, follies and temples built by the Fortescue family over the years.

Start with a walk through the Millennium Garden with its striking water feature and onto the walled garden.Pathways lead across formal terraces in front of the house where the eye is drawn to the distant Triumphal Arch and magnificent Holwell Temple. Wander through the woodland gardens, stroll down to the river and take a climb to the Castle for panoramic views to Exmoor, Dartmoor and beyond.

You can spend as little as an hour with us, or a full family day with plenty of areas for every age group to the very young and the young at heart. Bring a picnic and absorb the sights and scents.

Join as a Friend of Castle Hill and receive year round membership benefits while the gardens are open (not valid for event days).



If you have enjoyed your visit please let us know so we can spread the word...

We are always delighted to hear your views and love to share your comments,please feel free to write in our visitors book in the tearoom and to pass on any comments or suggestions.

Your thoughts on The Gardens...

Spectacular country setting. Beautifully managed Estate with stunning gardens. Walled garden, amazing fish pond, just must be seen.

J Hopkins

As a whole the gardens are stunning. The planting keeps the eye interested all the way round. Plenty of light and drama. We always enjoy our visits and Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your garden. Bowood is beautiful but yours is stunning.

B Saunders

Beautiful & peaceful, walking fairly easy, even the uphill bits!

A Bradley

Absolutely stunning. It was a glorious day and the gardens were at their best. The colours were still vibrant and at every turning we saw another amazing display of colour. We headed for the castle and reached it and really enjoyed our walk down.

B Eglinton

A grand walk with superb views. The shrubs are a creidt to you. Great coffee & cake too.

David & Jackie, Ludlow

We've had a lovely walk around the gardens. Plenty suitable for us even with a wheelchair. Had a lovely lunch here then tea and cake after our walk. Lovely ladies in kiosk. It is so beautiful here we will definitely return.

A stunning display of camelias, rhodo's and azaleas and a sunny, blustery day to set them off.

Lovely, surprising place, a pleasure to walk around even in a howling gale! Hot soup, bread & hot chocolate very welcome!

Jane & John, Preston

I've enjoyed two consecutive days visiting the delightful estate; with my neighbour and friend and with my cousin and three pals. The weather on both days was sunny although breezy today. The herbaceous borders are stocked with a beautiful variety of perenials of all kinds. The walled garden is lovely to sit in and admire the vegetable plots between the pretty rose pergola. The extensive walks around the Estate give breathtaking views in all kinds of directions. We enjoyed coffee, lunch and afternoon teas on both days, delicious food served by freindly staff. We even met Lady Arran - a lovely surprise, so courteous and friendly. We hope to visit the church on the way home.

Lorraine, Bideford, Braunton & Ilfracombe

What a magnificent place, and very friendly people who care for it! We had an amazing walk and great lunch to finish. Thank you

Gina Ollerton, Cornwall

I'm here again, lovely cuppa and slice of cake - superb!

Jenny, Chittlehampton

Beautiful gardens and a superb walk with truly amazing views - Thank you

Lynne & Mel Cox, E Yorkshire

Beautiful gardens - a lovely and relaxing walk in lovely surroundings. Great lunch served by a super lady.

Sheila and Peter Wilson, Rutland

Really enjoyed the lovely gardens after a very friendly welcome from your lady at the entrance kiosk & a delicious lunch. Well worth our visit & won't hesitate to recommend Castle Hill gardens.

Carole & Roy Packham, Maidstone, Kent

Lovely views, especially from The Castle. Beautiful blossom everywhere. Enjoyed the refreshments after the climb.

Mike & Wendy Lawrence, Royston, Herts

My wife and I were on holiday last week and we spent a day in your gardens. we started off with a lovely welcome from your lady in the kiosk who made us a nice lunch; as a diabetic, I have to eat before any strenous activity. Although it was a fair climb to the Castle it was well worth the effort. We think the gardens where excellent, laid out very well with a surprise around every corner. Very good value as well. Keep up the good work and if we are ever in the area again, we will definitely visit again.

Mr & Mrs K J Rail

Just to let you know we had a wonderful day out yesterday at Castle Hill gardens. The grounds are kept so well and the features of interest are wonderful. It was my Dad's birthday treat and we all really enjoyed the day. Thank you so much for opening up your gardens/grounds to the public, it brings joy and peaceful times in the countryside, in the castle, follies and riverside walk.

I will tell other members of my family about Castle Hill, I'm so pleased to have found this lovely place to walk and see so many interesting things.

On Bank Holiday Monday we went to spend an hour or two wandering in the Castle Hill gardens. We stayed four hours. The gardens are quite splendid. Several of the tucked away areas and well sited temples are quite enchanting. We received a warm and personal welcome from Michelle at the Kiosk who also provided us with an excellent afternoon tea. During our tour we happened to meet Lady Arran pruning her hydrangeas. She gave us a charming welcome and pointed out some key sights not to miss. Late into the evening we wandered the gardens with no one around and the sun slowly setting. Overall, a memorable visit, which we will certainly repeat. We highly recommed the garden for it's splendid vistas, carefully tended shrubs and endless interest.

Alan and Lorraine

"Such beautiful gardens, stunning views in all directions. Love the natural feel and so peaceful. Another visit is a must. Friendly welcome at the kiosk and nice cup of tea and cake to finish off a memorable morning."

Brian and Jeanette Wost, North Baddesley, Hampshire

"Best place of its type that we've been to; good value for money too."

Frank and Andrea Allman, Bideford


"Wonderful welcome followed by a fascinating tour of the house by Lady Arran - delicious lunch and later a walk around the beautiful grounds. Thank you Lady Arran and your staff."

Taw U3A

"From the moment we arrived we were made very welcome. The grounds were spectacular, wonderful weather and super service and tea. Many thanks to all.

Minehead Flower Club

"Had a wonderful afternoon - grounds are beautiful and the views are breathtaking! Lovely cream tea too! What a well kept secret."

Lynda Jackman, Clovelly, Devon

"Fab afternoon. Gardens and walk way wonderful. Shrubs and trees very pretty. Cream teas lovely. People don't know what they are missing - I would recommend it!!

Judy Godfray, Westward Ho!

"Magnificent and different"

David and Faye Bentley, Wiltshire

"The tea and cakes were scrummy and the gardens are gorgeous."

Alex and Elizabeth Mulholland, Hampshire

"A garden - nature gently manicured. A beautiful Spring array, particularly the wild flowers. A nice cup of tea at the end."

Greenfingers Gardening Club

"A very beautiful park. Very well looked after and a nice cream tea at the end of the walk. In all a lovely afternoon."

Jenny and Malcolm Crumpton, Kidderminster

"A wonderful walk round the park in delightful sunshine with great colour and interesting plants and bushes. Grateful thanks for the chance to experience such a lovely setting."

Colin and Maureen Bundsy, Bournemouth

Your thoughts on weddings here at Castle Hill

Thank you so much for all you did to give Jess & James the most wonderfully memorable day. The West Wing looked beautiful with Emma's wonderful flower arrangements, the Marquee worked really well, the fountain & lawns were beautiful & of course the weather, gardens & views were just magnificent!'

'Thank you so much for the help you gave us in organising our wedding. We had such a lovely day and the venue was beautiful'.

"We really cannot thank you all enough. We received such amazing feedback and the daffodils really did add a wow to our guests' entry to Castle Hill. Thank you so much for all of your efforts in making our day so wonderful."

Ben and Tracey Matthews


"Dear Lady Arran - John and I would like to thank you for your generosity in allowing us such free rein in your stunningly beautiful home for our marriage. One of the main reasons why everyone had such a goodtime was because of the wonderfully warm and friendly atmosphere created by yourself and your excellent team. I can assure you that we will be revisiting your beautiful gardens annually!

Clare, you and your team worked so hard and everything ran perfectly - so thank you so much. All the guests seem to have enjoyed themselves and were of course bowled over by the beauty of Castle Hill - what a fabulous place it is."

Katherine and John Pitts

"We had such a wonderful wedding reception at Castle Hill - you have such a beautiful home - thank you very much for letting us share it for the day! Everything ran likeclockwork and Clare and Robert were fantastic."

Tim and Hannah Carvosso

"Ian and I are so grateful to you for allowing us the use of your glorious house for our most special of days. Our guests are still talking about it even now and how beautiful Castle Hill is. Many thanks too must go to Clare for her impeccable service."

Ian and Amy Baldry

"Thank you so much for all your help and co-operation in ensuring our wedding was such a fantastic day. We're very grateful."

Mai and Trev

"Daniel and I wanted to say a big thankyou for helping us to organise the most wonderful wedding. It was a magical day and everyone had a fabulous time."

Laura and Daniel Broughton

" We would just like to say huge thank you to you and Robert and of course Lord and Lady Arran for making our day possible and such a success. We couldn't have wished for a more perfect venue and everyone we met at Castle Hill was so friendly and helpful in ensuring that everything went without a hitch. We both wish we could do it all over again but will make do with visiting the beautiful gardens which were the most sublime backdrop to our day."

Kate and Matt Atkins

"Thank you so much for letting us have our wedding at your home. It was such a special and perfect day. Big thanks to Clare and Robert."

Sara and Dan

"We would just like to say a big thank you for everything you did for us for our special day. You were so helpful and accommodation before the wedding day and we could not have asked for a more beautiful place to begin our married life."

Tom and Rachel