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Castle Hill is packed with things to do – in Devon style!

Castle Hill's gardens give you many things to do, whether you live in North Devon or are visiting. As well as exploring the gardens we have exciting activities throughout the year.

These include Easter bunny hunt, outdoor theatre and spooky garden trail.

"In one word, beautiful, very special"

"A wonderful way to spend the day"

"Very attractive, lovely walks"

A tour of Castle Hill gardens

To the east side of the house is the Millennium Garden, designed by XaTollemache, the Chelsea Gold Medallist. The large herbaceous borders are edged with box and lavender and an illuminated “topiary” water sculpture was designed and built by Giles Rayner in 2002.

From there the path takes you to the formal terraced lawns in front of the house where the eye is drawn across a small country road by a tree-lined avenue towards the Triumphal Arch built as an eye catcher.

Following the path to the west of the house, the Woodland Gardens are reached. Here, camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas, eucryphias abound together with other beautiful shrubs. Rare trees grow by the river and amongst a network of woodland paths in the Easter Close.

Many of the paths, some gentle, some steep, are punctuated with follies, and temples built by generations of the Fortescue family. The final climb takes you to the Castle perched splendidly on the high hill behind the house with magnificent views of Exmoor, Dartmoor and Lundy Island.

Our Walled Garden is also very colourful, especially in Summer when sweet peas cover the walls. 

 'The Tanglewood Tree' is a great site for children to climb and explore in a safe environment.

The Gardens are open all year but closed on Saturdays.

A tour of Castle Hill house

Although we do not open the House to the public, a member of the family or a representative can take pre-booked groups of 15-25 people for a personal tour around some rooms of the house. These need booking well in advance as they are very popular. Refreshments are available.

               Please contact Events Co-ordinator for further details 01598 760336 option 2

There is one item which is available for any member of the public to see – a George III Pier Glass. The viewing of this Pier Glass will not provide an opportunity to view the interior of the house and anyone wishing to see this item must write giving a minimum of two weeks’ notice and enclose their passport details.