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Address: Marwood EX31 4EB, England
Phone Number: 01271 342528
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Marwood Hill Garden, Garden Tea Room and Plant Nursery

Welcome to this very...

Marwood Hill Garden, Garden Tea Room and Plant Nursery

Welcome to this very special private garden tucked secretly away in a Devon valley.

Covering some 20 acres, with three beautiful lakes, this tranquil garden will provide a day of both inspiration and relaxation for the whole family.From the moment the first snowdrops poke their little noses through in spring there is so much to see throughout the year until the rich autumnal tints and shiny fat berries of autumn.

The magnificent display of blossom from the massed camellias and rhododendrons is followed by a stream of colour in the bog gardens, as carpets of primulas and iris in all the colours of the rainbow, burst forth. The National Collection of Astilbes follows in a foamy symphony of pastel hues and hydrangeas on the hillside, like French petticoats in sky and lilac, sparkle in the sun.

We garden with wildlife always in our minds and providing habitats for them is extremely important. Tucked away around the gardens are piles of branches and mounds of leaves home to lots of lovely bugs and beasts!

Kingfishers are regular visitors to the lake and the areas of rough grass provide both food and hibernating site for the young of many butterflies and moths.

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These gardens are absolutely fantastic and as for the lakes!!!!!

This place is a great day out in spring autumn and winter. The range of plants and rare specimen trees will keep you interested for hours... The lakes are filled with carp and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a great day out in spring autumn and winter. The range of plants and rare specimen trees will keep you interested for hours... The lakes are filled with carp and golden orf that are quite tame and enjoy a bit of bread or sweetcorn. I go here twice a year for a bit of total relaxation then... More 

Thank wishinwashin
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

I was not sure what to expect when I went to these gardens and was so very pleasantly surprised. The whole place is a haven of peace and quiet with so many plants to see and many of them unusual for England. Very sheltered with lots of places to sit especially around the lakes. Not really suitable for disabled as... More 

Thank sandra w
newton abbot
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I have been visiting here on and off for nearly forty years and it never fails to raise my spirits. It really is a magical place. Over the years, I have watched the garden grow and mature.It's a real tribute to one man's plantsmanship and love of gardening. Even when it is busy you can find a quite spot to... More 

Thank John G
Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

My daughter saw the advert for Marwood Hill Gardens online and suggested we visited. It was a bit of a drive to get there but was well worth it in our opinion! A beautiful, peaceful and relaxing place to wander round. We liked the fact that parts of the garden were informal and very natural.The tea shop was excellent (we... More 

Thank Carolanne W
Bideford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

big disappointment for the price to get in I was expecting some thing fantastic, well all we found was over grown flower beds mostly with the same flowers , nothing really nice to look at apart from one lake which has some carp & ducks on it, my husband is a gardener, & even he said it all looks very... More 

Thank elayne2013
Epsom, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

We visited Marwood Hill Gardens twice in the week 4 - 11September 2015. They are extremely dog friendly - even welcoming our dog inside the tea room. The gardens are a delight! Benches everywhere in fabulous spots to sit and relax amongst flowers, trees, birds and sunshine. The tea room is our favourite of all the tea rooms we have... More 

Thank Kate R
Exeter, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Having got a morning to spare we were staying near bideford so drove the 13miles to the gardens which is signposted.the car park is 100yds from entrance down the road.we were greeted by a friendly volunteer,had a drink in nice cafe then made our way down one side of the lakes and sat on one of the many seats to... More 

Thank john p
Somerset UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

A delightful visit with friends on a glorious summers day. A peaceful oasis in Devon with stunning plants and flowers.

Thank trickydicky43
Birmingham UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

My parents who live locally took us here and we could easily see why it is a favourite for them and their dog. These gardens are utterly gorgeous and there is such a range of different styles in the grounds there is surely something for every taste. We most enjoyed the area around the lakes, the bog garden and the... More 

Thank BirminghamUKVisitor
Braunton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We live locally (about 10 miles away) and visit once or twice per month. We like to see how the seasons have changed the gardens and we are always delighted with the beautiful array of bluebells, daffodils, astilbes, camellias, the list goes on and on. You can also buy plants that have been grown at Marwood. The tea rooms are... More 

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