Exmoor, Somerset & Devon Garden Tour

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Garden Tours
from £1,189pp

There are gardens galore to explore, each with their own style and character. Uncover a series of magical gardens at RHS Rosemoor with over 4,000 different plants, while the gardens at Forde Abbey feature the tallest powered fountain in the UK. Enjoy the variety of Hestercombe’s garden – a Georgian park-like garden of Grecian temples, follies and vistas. There’s also the kitchen garden of Barrington Court and the walled garden of Cannington to enjoy.

Holiday Highlights

  • Rosemoor, the RHS "Wisley of the West"
  • Hestercombe boasts two distinctly different gardens: one a classic Georgian park-like garden of Grecian temples, follies and vistas; the other, the masterpiece resulting from the association of Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens
  • Knightshayes, a spectacular Victorian manor surrounded by acres of glorious garden and parkland
  • The delightfully tranquil Tintinhull Gardens, complete with working kitchen garden and orchard

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • All transport to and from gardens on a comfortable, good-quality coach
  • All admission costs including those for English Heritage, National Trust, and RHS Gardens. Some venues have stately homes/houses which incur a separate admission fee should you wish to visit - you will need to pay for this yourself. 


Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Check-in starts from 2.30pm (Best and Better rooms from 1pm). All guests are invited to join us for afternoon tea where we’ll introduce your leader.

In the morning you will be visiting Cannington Walled Gardens. The garden is located in the village of Cannington in Somerset set within the grounds of a medieval priory. The garden was officially opened following redevelopment by the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward. Since then the garden has been been accredited as a quality assured visitor attraction by VisitEngland.  

In the afternoon you will be visiting Hestercombe Gardens. Hestercombe gardens is famous for their unique collection of gardens which have been around for over three centuries. The formal garden is regarded as one of the finest examples of world-renowned partnership between garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Hestercombe garden has seen restoration work and continues to improve and develop, providing their visitors with a stunning setting to explore, learn and relax. 

In the morning you will be visiting Forde Abbey Gardens. Forde Abbey Gardens is home to the highest powered fountain in the whole country. The garden has won awards for the topiary lined vistas, colourful herbaceous borders, an arboretum, a bog garden, which together with  swathes of early spring bulbs and camellias provide all year round interest. The garden is being constantly improved over the 900 years, the style of the garden reflects the lifestyle of each generation which lives there. 

In the afternoon you will be visiting Tintinhull Garden. Tintinhull Garden is located in the picturesque village of Tintinhull in somerset. Sparkling pools, secluded lawns, vibrant borders and trimmed hedges provide the perfect place to relax and unwind. 

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. 

Today you will be spending the day day at R.H.S. Rosemoor Gardens. The garden is located in the Torridge Valley of Rosemoor, an beautiful environment to visit no matter the season. The garden, surrounded by woodland, is rich in variety and features inspiring planting displays enhanced by the natural beauty of Devon. These include the largest rose gardens in the South West, the spectacular hot garden, lake stream and waterfall.

We shall spend our day at Knightshayes Court, just north of Tiverton. It is claimed to be one of the best-displayed plant collections within the National Trust, with over 1,200 plant species unique to the venue. One of the highlights is the four–acre walled kitchen garden which provides organic produce to their own café. There is time to visit the house too if you wish!

Our last morning is spent in the magnificent 200-acre Marwood Hill Gardens, created by the late Dr James Smart in 1949. This garden has featured on many television programmes over the years. Our final garden is Castle Hill – it’s full of vistas and follies. The approach to the house is via the Millennium Garden, a double herbaceous border designed by a former Chelsea Gold Medallist, Xa Tollemache.

Depart after a leisurely breakfast.

Holnicote House

Lying near the attractive village of Selworthy, in the heart of the Exmoor National Park, historic Holnicote House stands within a series of peaceful gardens with spreading lawns. Once the centrepiece of an extensive 12,500 acre estate, the charming and characterful house was gifted to the National Trust in 1944. Since then it has been reimagined as a walkers’ retreat, with wonderful access to the countryside. As well as 32 delightful bedrooms, there are two comfortable lounges and a sociable bar. The landscaped gardens are still part of the wider Holnicote Estate and provide a wonderful area to wander. Outside the house, explore wild Exmoor, walk in the Quantocks, climb Dunkery Beacon and stroll on the Somerset Coast Path with the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, drop in Dunster Castle, ride a Victorian cliff railway and watch for wildlife including the majestic red stags. Unfortunately our pool at Holnicote House will be closed for the duration of 2022 due to extensive maintenance requirements.


Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms or in the thatched cottages in the grounds, called Butlers and Guns respectively. With 32 bedrooms, Holnicote House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic, Premium and Superior Rooms to choose from: the best rooms are on the first floor and decorated in keeping with the National Trust estate, with plenty of space and great views over the back garden, reaching out across Crawter Hill and Dunkery Hill, Somerset and Exmoor’s highest point. Ask for numbers 1 or 4 to feel suitably special.

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.


Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on Exmoor or exploring the heath and moorland, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. For something equally relaxing, snag a comfy chair in one of the cosy lounges, borrow a book, join a game of cards or scour the countryside through the large telescope. Head to the bar before dinner for a drink and a chance to catch up with your companions, best enjoyed by the windows overlooking the estate. Please note, the large heated outdoor pool will be out of service during the 2022 season in order to allow for extensive repairs.

Unfortunately our pool at Holnicote House will be closed for the duration of 2022 due to extensive maintenance requirements.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at Holnicote House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Holnicote House

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As you'll be walking around the gardens please bring solid, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain in gardens, and clothes for the great British weather! Please also expect to spend most of the day on your feet exploring the gardens you visit.

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All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
17 Jun - 24 Jun 2022
7 Garden Tour £1,189 Trip Notes Book Now
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