Thorn House & Garden

Thorn House & Garden, Wembury: Hours, Address, Thorn House & Garden Reviews: 5/5

Thorn House & Garden
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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Thorn Garden sits on the south-east facing banks of the River Yealm. This historical 9 acre garden boasts wonderful views and holds a stunning selection of unusual trees and plants from around the world. Private tours of the garden are available by appointment; including optional Devon cream tea! Thorn also offers a wonderful venue for corporate events including weddings, garden parties, etc.
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katemC9777XM
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Aug. 2019 • Couples
We stayed at Thorn House on August bank holiday weekend and had a wonderful stay at the very unique and beautiful house. We would highly recommend staying here!
We had a very spacious double room with ensuite bathroom and had a great night’s sleep. We particularly enjoyed the home cooked breakfasts each morning by lovely host Eva in the orangery, looking out on to the beautifully manicured lawns and gardens (of which there is a lot to explore).
It was such a peaceful location that we ended up staying for an extra night.
A walk and boat ride to Noss Mayo is a must and there are some nice local beaches nearby.
Written 8 September 2019
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Daria S
Poole, UK107 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Family
Hidden place, open only at Saturday (even then building was close) unsure that even then. Lovely walk with small steps around.
Written 3 August 2019
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David M
Exeter, UK22 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We booked a tour through Invitation To View, so we were shown around the ground floor of the house and the garden by the owners.
The garden is absolutely beautiful and the views over the river are spectacular. This was all finished off with a delicious cream tea.
Well worth the trip.
Written 14 May 2019
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Abi
Salisbury, UK272 contributions
Aug. 2018
We stayed here over bank holiday weekend. We booked last minute and have inadvertently found a total hidden gem.

The views on 3 sides of the property are breath taking and our room had an incredible view up the river Yealm. Eva was a fantastic host and told us all about local places of interest, the houses history and even told us a great spot for our picnic in the garden. Her breakfasts are also Devine! We had her take on eggs Benedict with spinach from the kitchen garden one morning and a Spanish eggs dish with chorizo the next. Every morning we also had yogurt, fresh fruit, muesli and toast also on offer.

I hope we will be back before too long! A wonderful place with a very modest price tag at around £100 per night even on the bank holiday weekend.

Written 28 August 2018
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ericamcclenaghan
Barnstaple, UK1 contribution
Aug. 2018 • Couples
The setting of Thorn House above the River Yealm with its surrounding gardens and pathways that meander down to the private jetty is unsurpassable. The enthusiasm and interest taken by John and Eva Gibson in their home (John with the history of the property and Eva with the garden & cooking) makes the whole experience a relaxed yet informative stay. My husband and I visited with a very dear French friend who only has brief holidays in England and I so wanted her to enjoy her stay. I was not disappointed as her appreciation on our return journey was ecstatic.

The furnishings and views from Thorn House give you the feeling that you could be staying any moment within the last one hundred years. Leave your mobile behind.... there is no TV in your bedroom, just enjoy finding yourself within this peaceful setting.

Do take good walking shoes/gear and make your way down to the ferry to cross the river to Newton Ferris & Nos Mayo where excellent sustenance can be found.

We shall most definitely be returning so I can only hope that John and Eva enjoyed our stay as much as we did. Thank you both so much. Erica & Tom McClenaghan and Nadine Debien
Written 19 August 2018
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Christina S
Pittsburgh, PA6 contributions
Jul. 2018 • Couples
My husband and I spent a night here before beginning three days of hiking on the South West Coast Path. This out of the way spot has a wonderful view over the Yealm River, particularly from the large, lovely bedroom over the entrance where we stayed. The house is unusual, quiet, historic and has an interesting large garden with many large trees of different varieties. Our Austrian host, a retired doctor, brought us beers and crunchy peas in the garden when we arrived after dinner. Breakfast was delicious and thoughtfully prepared with fresh and local ingredients, served in the orangerie. The walk to the coastal path was picturesque. We just loved it!
Written 27 July 2018
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maggiebatt
Exeter, UK2 contributions
Jul. 2018 • Friends
Situated in a marvellous position overlooking the River Yealm. Dr Gibson gave a fascinating talk on Thorne House history. After a walk through the gardens, with spectacular views below, we enjoyed tea and cake on the manicured lawn.
Written 22 July 2018
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lazydaisyLondon
London2 contributions
Jun. 2018
Dr Gibson spent several hours taking us round her lovely garden, full of champion trees and unusual plants. She was very welcoming,friendly and informative, and we all enjoyed the experience. She went out of her way to show us round - even taking us to see her own kitchen garden. Our visit ended with a cream tea in the Orangery which made it the perfect end to a very special trip. Thank you.
Written 8 June 2018
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sieniewicz
Plymouth, UK5 contributions
Mar. 2018 • Couples
We visited Thorn House on Mother's Day. The tour around the garden was outstanding and Eva and her husband were the perfect hosts. We had tea in the conservatory and gorged ourselves on Eva's home made scones and cakes. John guided us around the house and even played Bach on the organ for us. We were made to feel very welcome. They couldn't have done anything more to make us feel at home. The views are the best in Devon. Thank you so much!
Written 11 March 2018
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anobium2016
Diss, UK9 contributions
Jun. 2017 • Couples
Splendid 9 acre terraced gardens and woodland around Thorn House above the River Yealm. Large bedroom with newly refurbished bathroom, overlooking the gardens, estuary and woodland. Relaxed and enjoyable breakfast in the conservatory, also with garden views. Ideal base for us visiting family in Plymouth, although you would not know you were anywhere near a city in this location. Plant and tree species from many parts of the world. Enjoyed chatting to Eva Gibson who has developed the gardens over the last 35 years. Could have spent all day in the gardens and woods had we had the time.
Written 6 June 2017
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