Valley Farm Holiday Cottages

Houses and Gardens

Burrow Farm Gardens   

East Devon’s secret garden is situated in the idyllic countryside between Axminster & Honiton. The 13 acre garden has colour throughout the year from the spring flowers through to the stunning Azaleas and Rhododendrons in May. Visit in late summer to see the new Anniversary Garden created to celebrate 50 years of Burrow Farm Gardens.
www.burrowfarmgardens.co.uk
EX13 7ET   3.1 miles  6 minutes

Shute Barton

Old Shute House, located at Shute, near Colyton, Axminster, Devon, is the remnant of a mediaeval manor house with Tudor additions, today in the ownership of the National Trust. Please see website for opening times.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/shute-barton
EX13 7PT  3.2 miles  6 minutes

Forde Abbey House & Garden

Forde Abbey is a fascinating combination of mediaeval monastery and family home. Many of its 12th century features, including the Cloisters and vaulted Undercroft (in use today as a tea room) are beautifully preserved.
After the dissolution of the monasteries, Forde Abbey was transformed into a sumptuous private residence, containing the renowned Mortlake tapestries.
The Roper family have live here since 1864, overseeing the developing estate, including 30 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens. These display interest all year round, and include England’s tallest powered fountain, a walled working kitchen garden and many other delights.
www.fordeabbey.co.uk
TA20 4LU      9.6 miles  23 minutes

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens  

Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, the magnificent grade 1 listed gardens are set in East Devon’s picturesque Otter Valley, between the ancient city of Exeter and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The superbly landscaped park combines 18th century tranquillity with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for everyone of all ages including historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes, restaurant and shop.
www.bictongardens.co.uk
EX9 7BG     19.3 mile  36 minutes

Barrington Court

Discover the haunting echoes of the past at Barrington Court, a Tudor manor house free from collections and furniture. Explore using your imagination and your senses to discover a house full of memories, where light fills the rooms and you feel you can almost touch the past. Stroll through the Gertrude Jekyll inspired gardens, which with their focus on plant varieties and colours are a delight for all the senses. Be spurred on in your own garden or allotment by the stone-walled kitchen garden that produces a variety of delicious fruit and vegetables. Barrington Court predominantly featured in BBC’s highly acclaimed recent production of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/barrington-court
TA19 0NQ    24.4 miles  39 minutes

Hestercombe Gardens

Hestercombe – a unique combination of three centuries of garden design: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the stunning Edwardian garden design by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.
http://www.hestercombe.com/
TA2 8LG   24.9 miles   45 minutes

Killerton House and Gardens

Killerton is an 18th-century house in Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, England, which, with its hillside garden and estate, has been owned by the National Trust since 1944 At Killerton there is lots to see and replica costumes to try on, plus a Discovery Centre that is open for families during school holidays, learn about Killerton during the war, play the organ or piano in the Music Room, enjoy some arts and crafts.

There are a number of trails to follow in the grounds, and you can you bring the family pooch (on a lead) to join you in park and estate walks. There is even a buggy and toddler friendly walk for the little ones to enjoy. See if you can spot the Bear Hut! There is also a Dragon Play Trail, which takes you on a quest through the woods with 9 challenges to complete, a Scavenger Hunt, a Mystical Tree Trail, a map reading challenge and more! Play on slack lines and giant swings, build dens, catch a falling leaf, find giant redwood trees, and explore ancient orchards.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton
EX5 3LE 25 miles 39 minutes

Powderham Castle

There is so much to see and do at Powderham Castle you will be pushed to fit it all in to one day. Entertaining guided tours inside the Castle take you through secret doors and even across a haunted landing. Outside there are acres to explore and discoveries to be made. Children can earn themselves a Powderham medal on our nature trail, get stuck in to arts and crafts in the Nature Nook and even plant a seed to take home in our Potting Shed.

Visit the Walled Garden Play Area & Pets Corner, home to our friendly pets and adventure play castle, get close to the deer on a deer park safari (available daily in the school holidays) or simply take time to relax and enjoy the stunning views. Located in the centre of Powderham Country Store is Toby Buckland’s Plant Centre, Toby gives monthly talks at the Plant Centre – for a list of topics see www.tobybuckland.com.
www.powderham.co.uk
EX6 8JQ      30.9 miles   43 minutes

Knightshayes House and Country Estate

Discover Knightshayes, a country estate on a grand, gothic scale. With acres of glorious gardens and parkland, surrounding a spectacular Gothic Revival house, Knightshayes is the complete country gentleman’s dream.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knightshayes
EX16 7RQ  31.4 miles  56 minutes

Dunster Castle and Gardens  

An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens. Sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history. The castle that you see today became a lavish country home during the 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years. The castle boasts spectacular views toward the Bristol channel, the Quantock hills and up to the moors of Exmoor. – See more at:
http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/dunster-castle-and-gardens1#sthash.nlK9PVUo.dpuf
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle
TA24 6SL  42 miles  1hour 14 minutes

Castle Drogo

Castle Drogo is currently undergoing a 5 year conservation project to make it watertight. The inside of the castle has been completely redisplayed with installations, open storage areas and a chance to get up close to the building work. Stroll around the Lutyen’s designed terraced garden including a rose garden and Croquet Lawn. Or explore the winding paths leading down to Fingle Bridge, an ancient gorge teeming with wildlife.   – See more at:
http://www.lotstodo.co.uk/attractions/art-heritage/castle-drogo#sthash.w4UOFyRD.dpuf
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo
EX6 6PB     43 miles  55 minutes

Buckfast Abbey  

Nestled in the shadow of Dartmoor, in a beautiful wooded valley beside the river Dart, Buckfast Abbey offers visitors a tranquil refuge from the hectic pace of everyday life.The Abbey is a working monastery where a community of Benedictine monks live self-sufficiently, welcoming visitors from all around the world
http://www.buckfast.org.uk/
TQ11 0EE  46.6miles  52 minutes

Lukesland Gardens

Lukesland has 24 acres of woodland gardens, with flowering shrubs, trees and a wealth of wild flowers. It is in the beautiful setting of a small valley with a brook cascading from its source on Dartmoor through ponds and over waterfalls towards the River Erme.
http://www.lukesland.co.uk/index.htm
PL21 0JF   57.4 miles  1 hour 7 minutes