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Castle Hill Gardens


Filleigh, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX32 0RQ

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Exceptional 50 acre family friendly garden surrounding magnificent Palladian house, including Lavender edged herbaceous borders and a water sculpture, woodland walks with Daffodils, Bluebells, Camellias, Magnolias, Azaleas, Eucryphias. Outstanding views, Temples and a sham Castle.
Castle Hill was built in 1730 as the Earl Fortescue's family home in North Devon. The Palladian House, in which his descendants, the Earl and Countess of Arran are living, is set in an 18th century parkland landscape with grass terraces and statues leading down to the river and lakes.

To the East side of the house is the Millennium Garden designed by Xa Tollemache, a Chelsea Gold Medallist. The large herbaceous borders are edged with box and lavender and an illuminated "topiary" water sculpture was designed and built by Giles Rayner in 2002. From there the path takes you to the formal terraced lawns in front of the house. The eye is then drawn across a small country road by a tree-lined avenue towards the Triumphal Arch built as an eye-catcher and our newly restored temple, the Holwell Temple.

Following the path to the West of the house, the woodland gardens are reached where there are Camellias, Magnolias, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Hydrangeas and Eucryphias planted in abundance, together with many other beautiful shrubs and rare trees growing both by the river, along a network of woodland paths and in the Easter Close. Many of the paths, some gentle, some steep, are punctuated with follies, and temples built by each generation of the Fortescue family. The final climb takes you to the Castle perched splendidly on the high hill behind the house with magnificent views to Exmoor, Dartmoor and Lundy Island.


Road Directions

By Road:
By Car
Leave A361 North Devon Link Road at roundabout west of South Molton onto B3226. Follow signs to Filleigh. Shortly after passing through Stags Head, go through drive gates following signs to car park.

By Public Transport:
Bus from South Molton (4 miles) or Barnstaple (8 miles).

Accessible by Public Transport: Barnstaple station is 9 miles away.



  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Café
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Refreshments Available

Establishment Features

  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Open all year

Parking & Transport

  • Parking
  • Parking (free)

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided tours
  • Guided tours by arrangement


Opening Times

Summer 2019 Opening Times (1 Apr 2019 - 30 Sept 2019)
Monday - Friday11:00 - 17:00
Sunday11:00 - 17:00
Winter 2019 Opening Times (1 Oct 2019 - 31 Mar 2020)
Monday - Sunday11:00

* Open all year.
Closed on Saturdays.
Refreshments available April - September only.
Winter (October-March) closes at dusk.


  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2017

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