Coombe Trenchard House and Garden
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Arts and Crafts house in grand Edwardian style
The new house was designed by architect Walter Sarel of London, and built by the firm of Dart and Francis of Credition. The house is set in delightful gardens, also in Arts and Craft style. For 6 decades the gardens were lovingly maintained by the Sperlings with the aid of a team of 6 full time gardeners.
The exterior is partly brick and partly timber framed, with a pantile roof. One striking feature is a three-stage tower with angle buttresses.
Designed at the height of the Arts and Crafts 'belle epoque', the gardens at Coombe Trenchard cover 8 acres, incorporating woodlands and terraces with bridges across a quiet stream. The major principle of the Arts and Crafts style was a mix of formal and informal garden areas, or 'rooms'. Local granite and slate was used to form stepped terraces. The designer was Walter Sarel, who also worked with famed garden designer Gertrude Jekyl.
During the course of the late 20th century the gardens received minimal maintentance, with the result that they became overgrown and clogged with overgrown trees. After purchasing the house in 2007 new owners Sarah and Philip Marsh set about the considerable task of bringing the gardens back to their Edwardian glory. With the aid of an old photograph album showing the garden in its heyday they have slowly begun to recreate the early 20th century splendour of Coombe Trenchard, including many of the original Edwardian planting schemes.
Many thanks to Coombe Trenchard for the photos that accompany this article
About Coombe Trenchard
Address: Lewtrenchard, Devon, England, EX20 4PW
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: On a minor road just west of Lewtrenchard village, 5 miles west of Lydford
Website: Coombe Trenchard
Phone: 01566 783179
Photo Credit: courtesy of Coombe Trenchard House
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Brentor Church - 3.6 miles (Historic Church)
Lydford Castle - 3.7 miles (Castle)
Lydford Gorge - 3.8 miles (Countryside)
Bradstone, St Nonna's Church - 5.1 miles (Historic Church)
Lawrence House Museum - 7.4 miles (Museum)
Launceston Castle - 7.4 miles (Castle)
Luffincott, St James Church - 8.7 miles (Historic Church)
Merrivale Prehistoric Site - 9.4 miles (Prehistoric Site)
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