Breaks for HERITAGE & GARDENS

Sat on the North Devon coast surrounded by charming towns, quaint villages, beautiful gardens and steeped in war-time history, Saunton Sands Hotel + Source Spa and Wellness is an unbeatable base to explore the area’s heritage and fascinating gardens.

Catch RHS Rosemoor in its marvellous spring bloom (with discounted entry), uncover the fascinating heritage at Hartland Abbey and stroll through woodlands carpeted with bluebells. Take the clifftop railway through Lynton and Lynmouth perched on the edge of Exmoor and traverse the cobbled streets of historical Clovelly. Learn about Saunton’s military past at the D-Day weekend 

GO EXPLORE…

RHS Rosemoor

RHS Rosemoor

Nestled deep in the Devonshire countryside, RHS Garden Rosemoor is situated in the Torridge Valley. The gardens blend formal and informal plantings to magical effect. It provides a beautifully vibrant space, filled with plenty of gardens and woodland walks to explore the seasonal flora. Keep your eyes peeled for enthralling events and shows.

Guest discount: £8 entry instead of £12.65

Visit Rosemoor's website

MARWOOD HILL GARDENS

MARWOOD HILL GARDENS

This magical and very special 20 acre private garden with three lakes is set in a valley tucked away in North Devon. The gardens are a wonderful haven in which to relax and enjoy the impressive collections of plants, shrubs and trees and experience the views and peaceful atmosphere.

Visit Marwood Hill Gardens' website

TAPELEY PARK

TAPELEY PARK

Tapeley is a historic estate in the parish of Westleigh situated between Bideford and Instow. It features Italian terrace borders, a traditional walled Kitchen Garden, a lake with massive ThujaPlicata trees, Granite Labyrinth. Falconry Displays each Sunday at 11:30am and 3:30pm, weather permitting. Animals including Highland Cattle, Peacocks and Berkshire Pigs. Tea Rooms - light lunches and teas. Childrens Play Area 'hidden' in the Wild Garden. Guest discount:  2 for 1 entry 

Visit Tapeley Park's website

LYNTON & LYNMOUTH

LYNTON & LYNMOUTH

Two twin villages interconnected by a funicular Cliff Railway, that is powered solely by water, is worth taking a little time to sightsee. Lynmouth lays on the base, with plenty of quirky shops and cafes to see, before taking the trip up via the railway to Lynton and discovering more splendid local gems.

Discover Lynton & Lynmouth

CLOVELLY

CLOVELLY

A gorgeous working fishing village, teetering to a 400 foot cliff, overlooking Bideford Bay. The cobbled steep path to the sea houses numerous independent shops, pubs and cafes. The donkeys’ trotting to and fro is also a lovely sight to behold. Guest discount: 20% off cream teas.

Discover Clovelly

HARTLAND ABBEY & GARDENS

HARTLAND ABBEY & GARDENS

Hartland Abbey with its beautiful gardens and grounds welcomes visitors from the end of March until October. Catch spring flowers in bloom with a woodland walks carpeted in bluebells, snowdrops or daffodils. It is the cherished home of the Stucley family with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations.

Guest discount: 10% off entry fee

Discover Hartland Abbey

WONDERFUL WALKS

WONDERFUL WALKS

Miles of coastline to explore

Pitched directly on the South West Coast Path, amidst the AONB, and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, whichever way you turn, you are greeted with magnificent views and walks for all abilities and energy levels. We can even arrange a packed lunch to take with you. We have some walking routes ready for you, for whatever you enjoy; wildlife, culture and heritage or non-stop sea views.

Plan your walks

D-DAY WEEKEND

D-DAY WEEKEND

The annual event commemorates this coastline’s part in the war. Packed with military vehicles, living history groups and educational opportunities, the weekend draws visitors from all over the country. 10,000 American soldiers used the area’s beaches, estuaries and sand dunes, stretching 10 miles covering Saunton Sands, Woolacombe and Braunton Burrows to perfect the techniques to invade the German-occupied coastline of Europe.

D-Day Weekend dates 2021 TBC

Learn more about D-Day at Saunton

GNOME RESERVE & WILDFLOWER GARDEN

GNOME RESERVE & WILDFLOWER GARDEN

Meander through 4 acres of enchanting old beechwood and meet the very large collection of antique gnomes, which have featured in the Guinness book of Records for the largest collection! The gardens also boast an extraordinary wildflower trail which contains about 250 different species of wildflower, herbs, grasses and ferns. 

Discover The Gnome Reserve

ARLINGTON COURT

ARLINGTON COURT

This National Trust’s intriguing Regency house hosts an impressive collection of horse-drawn carriages, set in a picturesque garden with ever-changing display of flowers in the Victorian Garden and a myriad of fruit and vegetables in the Walled Kitchen Garden. The parkland surrounding the estate is not to be missed and looks stunning whatever the season; get lost in the grounds and explore the Wilderness Pond and Deerpark Woods.

Explore Arlington Court

CASTLE HILL GARDENS

CASTLE HILL GARDENS

Steeped in history and located on the Southern Edge of Exmoor, the astonishing 18th century landscape is speckled with statues, follies and temples and the gardens themselves have proudly been awarded an accolade from Jim Gardener as one of the great Parks & Gardens in the South West. Admire the Millenium Garden, with its striking water feature, pass through formal pathways in front of the house where your eye will be drawn to the distant Triumphal Arch and incredible Holwell Temple. Wander amongst woodland gardens and stroll down to the river then take a climb to the Castle to witness panoramic views of Exmoor, Dartmoor and beyond. 

Discover Castle Hill Gardens

BROOMHILL SCULPTURE GARDENS

BROOMHILL SCULPTURE GARDENS

Broomhill lies in one of the most glorious valleys in the county, surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodland and bound by its own stream. Established in 1997 by Dutch couple Rinus and Aniet van de Sande, and over the years organically grown into one of the largest permanent collections of contemporary sculpture in the south west of England.

Explore Broomhill

MARITIME HERITAGE

MARITIME HERITAGE

This coast has a rich maritime history and you can find out more about the region’s connections to piracy by visiting one of the many museums. Situated in the picturesque village and sea port of Appledore - on the estuary of the Taw and Torridge rivers - the North Devon Maritime Museum offers a fascinating insight into the rich shipbuilding and seafaring history of the area. The area is packed with swashbuckling tales of piracy; Devon was one of the targets for the fearsome Barbary Pirates who stalked the waves for over three centuries!

Read more about Devon’s maritime history

How to book

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