25th April 2018

A must visit: Rosemoor Gardens in Torrington

RHS Gardens Rosemoor may be on the other side of North Devon from Saunton Sands, but the gardens and attractions there are a must visit when you stay with us. You will receive a special discount on entry as a Saunton Sands Hotel guest. Just ask at reception for more details.

Below we’ve rounded up what makes Rosemoor Gardens worth visiting, summing up what you should expect to enjoy there.

You'll experience 65-acres of lovingly planted gardens alongside historic buildings, fruit and vegetable patches, award-winning cuisine and a full calendar of events. It's all set in an area of natural beauty, surrounded by a pretty wooded valley.

Make sure you visit yourself to find all their hidden treasures next time you visit North Devon. Whether with friends, family, or as a couple, you know you’ll be getting a full day out.

The history of the gardens...

Rosemoor came about due to the work and generosity of Lady Anne Palmer, who created many elements of the original garden that we love today.

It began taking shape back in 1931 when The Stone Garden was landscaped by the mother of Lady Anne. Presently guests are invited to enjoy this courtyard, with its range of flower displays.  

From the late 1950s Lady Ann travelled the world, collecting flowers for herself and learning about gardening. After gathering knowledge from abroad she applied to it her own project here in North Devon and her collection of flowers grew and grew.  

In 1988 Lady Anne then gave her Rosemoor garden to the Royal Horticultural Society. The land she handed over consisted of a house, an eight-acre garden around the house (filled with flowers from her own work) and 32 acres of pastureland. Two years later, RHS Gardens Rosemoor officially opened to the public and has been growing ever since. 

The beautiful Rosemoor Gardens...

At any time of year, the gardens are a sight to behold. Split into several sections, there’s a sight to enjoy around every corner.

One element is the original garden by Lady Ann, a setting filled with a diverse collection of flowers. A more modern area of Rosemoor is the new gardens; formal and decorative spaces in the glorious countryside setting.

Highlights of RHS Gardens Rosemoor include:

  • The original Stone Garden; with camellias, peonies, perennials and much more
  • The Cottage Garden; a romantic location, with brick pathways surrounded by a mix of flowering shrubs, perennials, annuals and biennials
  • Fruit and vegetable gardens; a mouth-watering display of produce sheltered by a stone wall
  • Woodland garden; a wide variety of ornamental woodland trees and shrubs
  • A hot garden; a raised terrace with ‘hot’ flower colours; red, yellow, orange, purple. It comes alive with colour in summer
  • A stream and rock gully; a dramatic mini-landscape with a distinct atmosphere

There are many more garden strolls and hidden treats to find, that need to be seen to be believed.

Facilities wise, there's everything you need for a full day out and the gardens are suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Fine dining and local produce...

You'll find the famous Garden Kitchen at Rosemoor, an award-winning restaurant that’s open to the general public all year round. The restaurant has won the “Best Garden Centre Restaurant Wales and South West” award from the Garden Centre Association for four years in a row!

On the menu are seasonal dishes which include fruit and vegetables straight from the gardens of Rosemoor. Delicious main courses include Gluten Free options, so there's something for everyone.

For alternative options in the summer months, the Wisteria Tea Room provides cakes, cream teas and more. Finally, The Shepherd’s Rest is a takeaway outlet serving wraps and tray cakes.

Picnics can also be enjoyed in the beautiful outdoor settings.

A wide range of events…

Events take place throughout the year at Rosemoor, covering everything from craft tutorials and photography lessons to big musicals and one night only events. Day sessions provide an opportunity for children to get their fingers dirty with soil and plants. 

Throughout the winter months, the gardens come alive with colour during the evenings, in the wonderfully named 'Garden Glows' sessions as pictured above.

During the school holidays, special children-focused events offer educational but playful interactive sessions. Whether the little ones like crafts, have an interest in wildlife or love to get muddy, Rosemoor events tick all the boxes. Adults can learn something too, through instructor led sessions. 

There’s a What’s On guide on their website, displaying seasonal events, one-day get-togethers and many creative activities. Rosemoor is not just a garden, it’s a place anyone can get together to enjoy a range of activities. We've also attached their entertainment booklet below. 

Rosemoor Live Events Booklet

Download their entertainment programme here

A unique shopping experience...

Rosemoor is a luxurious and quirky place to find unique gifts and items for the home. Take a browse and see what you fancy for the perfect holiday memento. There’s a wide range of gift ideas too.  

The Rosemoor shop sells a range of gifts, plus other locally produced products such as honey and jams alongside fruit wines and liqueurs to name a few.

Head to the Plant Centre for a wide range of plants, trees, vegetables, bulbs and seeds. Many plants on sale here come from also come from local suppliers, so they will grow in the British climate.

A year round attraction...

Why not visit throughout the year to see the full range of flowers and displays Rosemoor has to offer? Each season brings a different selection of plants, changing the colours and feel of the landscape. Plus events vary through the year too and are not to be missed.

When staying with us, find time to visit Rosemoor Gardens in North Devon and remember to speak to reception about claiming your reduced entry prices.

If you have any questions about visiting this family attraction or would like to tell us about how much you enjoyed the gardens, contact us via our Facebook or Twitter account.