History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Garden House began as the home of the vicars of Buckland Monachorum. The first house was built in 1305 by the Abbot of Buckland Abbey. At the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the former abbot became the parish priest of Buckland Monachorum. The house was enlarged to create a large 3-storey building, complete with a tower.
Today, all that is left of this original building is the tower and the kitchen, now a picturesque thatched barn. These remains are on the lower terrace of the walled garden and add a touch of romantic fantasy to the gardens.
A new vicarage was built in the early 19th century, and this now acts as the conference centre and tearoom.
The garden was begun after WWII when Lionel and Katherine Fortescue purchased the property and set about an ambitious programme of restoration and expansion of the gardens. Over the course of 25 years the gardens were extended to create not one garden, but a series of linked gardens, inspired by nature.
Among the garden areas to enjoy are a summer garden, wildflower meadow, Acer glade, quarry garden, walled garden, camellia walk, and a cottage garden, to name just a few. Explore Garden House and see if you can answer for yourself the question, 'is this the best garden in Britain?'
About Garden House
Address: Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton, Devon, England, PL20 7LQ
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: Off the A386, 10 miles north of Plymouth
Website: Garden House
OS: SX493 681
Photo Credit: Jonathan Billinger, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
We've 'tagged' this attraction information to help you find related historic attractions and learn more about major time periods mentioned.
Find other attractions tagged with:
16th century (Time Period) -
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Buckland Abbey - 0.9 miles (Historic House)
Denham Bridge - 1.1 miles (Historic Building)
Morwellham Quay - 3.2 miles (Museum)
Bere Ferrers, St Andrews Church - 3.6 miles (Historic Church)
Cotehele, Chapel in the Woods - 4.3 miles (Historic Church)
Cotehele - 4.4 miles (Historic House)
Cotehele Mill - 4.8 miles (Historic Building)
Merrivale Prehistoric Site - 5.6 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Garden House: