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Marwood Hill Gardens

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Address: Marwood EX31 4EA, England
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Marwood Hill Garden, Garden Tea Room and Plant Nursery

Welcome to this very...

Marwood Hill Garden, Garden Tea Room and Plant Nursery

Welcome to this very special private garden tucked secretly away in a Devon valley.

Covering some 20 acres, with three beautiful lakes, this tranquil garden will provide a day of both inspiration and relaxation for the whole family.From the moment the first snowdrops poke their little noses through in spring there is so much to see throughout the year until the rich autumnal tints and shiny fat berries of autumn.

The magnificent display of blossom from the massed camellias and rhododendrons is followed by a stream of colour in the bog gardens, as carpets of primulas and iris in all the colours of the rainbow, burst forth. The National Collection of Astilbes follows in a foamy symphony of pastel hues and hydrangeas on the hillside, like French petticoats in sky and lilac, sparkle in the sun.

We garden with wildlife always in our minds and providing habitats for them is extremely important. Tucked away around the gardens are piles of branches and mounds of leaves home to lots of lovely bugs and beasts!

Kingfishers are regular visitors to the lake and the areas of rough grass provide both food and hibernating site for the young of many butterflies and moths.

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We went there on the recommendation of my Mum and weren't disappointed. If you are looking for inspiration and variety this is where you should visit. We found there to be... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 January 2017
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We went there on the recommendation of my Mum and weren't disappointed. If you are looking for inspiration and variety this is where you should visit. We found there to be plenty of seating areas to just sit and contemplate which in turn enabled us to really look at the trees as we are developing our garden (on a much... More 

Thank Jonesy5
Exeter, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Marwood Hill Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK. It isn't huge, which gives it a very natural, homely atmosphere. The gardens are like a painting in all the seasons - the Autumn colour is gorgeous, with the trees reflected in the lake. There are several well-positioned seats throughout the gardens, highlighting many beautiful aspects throughout... More 

Thank LittleBear1956
New South Wales, Australia
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235 reviews
69 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Gardens started by local doctor, Dr Smart. Opened to the public and a great place to take the family to wander around the gardens feed the ducks etc, good for a picnic.

Thank Shootingstars R
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I've been going to Marwood (or Dr Smart's) most years since I was a child. Now living in Scotland, I still manage to get down every 2 or 3 years. I was in Devon for our half-term and hadn't thought to check opening days as we've never had a problem visiting; paying via an honesty box if the kiosk wasn't... More 

Thank SLB27
Bideford, Devon
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely welcome on arrival. Very pleasant walk around these lovely gardens . Impressive eucalyptus trees and the children loved feeding the ducks and watching the carp and Rudd. Tea rooms were really lovely and we sat outside in the autumn sunshine. Very friendly staff and the best scones we've had for ages. Ginger scone ... Yum and lovely honey. Thanks... More 

Thank Ruth G
Southwick, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

The most amazing garden you will ever visit and to think it was only planted in the 1950's.Very friendly people from the tea room to the nursery.Only £6 entrance and well worth every penny.Only slight drawback is the walk from the carpark.Very well signposted.

Thank Ernie S
Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

The gardens are really beautiful. There is a wealth of flowers, shrubs and trees. The hydrangea area was stunning. The gardens were beautifully peaceful and there was plenty of wildlife. The lunch was excellent too. The café is charming with a view over the gardens. The gardens are privately owned. The small entrance fee represented very good value for money.... More 

Thank Kathleen T
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Only gave 3 stars as at this time of year the gardens were a bit lacking in colour and one pond was silted up ( soon to be cleared). Nevertheless we enjoyed sitting and wandering around the lakes and peaceful natural gardens. It was a little muddy in places. We would return in spring or early summer or maybe autumn.... More 

Thank denise-parkin-
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Hadn't visit the gardens for years, but just as beautiful as I remembered. Lovely setting, but admission was a bit overpriced. Had lunch in the tea rooms, which was very tasty, there were three generations in our party and we all found something to eat. The ploughmans lunch was a very generous size. finished off lunch with scones with jam... More 

Thank samreed29
Bath, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

This is not the first visit,but you can see something different in each season.The hydrangeas and astilbes were at their best. we had lunch which was excellent and nicely presented. I bought a plant in the interesting and we'll stocked nursery.

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