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Marwood Hill Gardens

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Address: Marwood EX31 4EB, England
Phone Number: 01271 342528

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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If you can find it, you'll love it.

After a winding route down country lanes we eventually found the gardens in a beautiful scenic setting. The weather was good which always helps on such visits as these. There is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Julie S
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After a winding route down country lanes we eventually found the gardens in a beautiful scenic setting. The weather was good which always helps on such visits as these. There is a good-sized car park which is quite a walk from the gardens but if you are disabled you can park in the lane near to the main gate. The... More 

Thank Julie S
Lynton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very enjoyable day. A lovely garden hidden in a valley. Wonderful shrubs and trees. The only fault is the poor signage for finding it. The signs such as they are are small, brown and near to the ground. However once there all is good. Amazing collection of Astibes among other plants. The Cafe is very good with a varied... More 

Thank romanes2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walk through the hamlet down to the gardens and round the corner to view the lovely hidden valley full of beautiful plants and lovely mature trees. Nice tea room.

Thank DeniseLW
Oldham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Marwood is a private garden mainly created in the 1950's. It holds the national collection of astilbes some of which are available to buy from the nursery shop. It's a lovely place to walk with many unusual trees and pathways around the ponds and bog gardens with benches to sit on and take in the tranquil setting. If you like... More 

Thank Pamela D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very beautiful setting, with lovely plants, picturesque lake / pond, and great tea room. Inevitably rather popular with older generation - but our teen actually really enjoyed the garden (and she doesn't often!) and would highly recommend the cakes!

Thank Rod B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited on 27th June 2016, what a wonderful place with beautiful trees and plants. The good layout and easy access to stream and lakes much appreciated. Tea room serves lovely freshly made food to a high quality. Will visit again if back in north Devon. What a legacy from dr jimmy smart.

Thank petermaiden
Cirencester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Marwood Gardens (or Dr Smarts Garden as many will know them), is well worth a visit. The garden is essentially on the side of a fill with three large ponds at the bottom. The garden is well kept and the plants well annotated. I would have given this 5* but there is no Concession rate - the entrance fee for... More 

Thank Roger W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

extensive gardens that can take hours to get around, with highlights of the local wildlife, (king fishers, squirrels etc) good value but if on a budget access to the walled garden and plant sales is free, also the tea rooms where i highly recommend you have a real Devon cream tea, which was great value and set in beautiful surroundings,... More 

Thank Martin M
Atherton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is relatively small as gardens go, but also very lovely. It is split into several different areas, ie the lake area, the bog garden, etc. Although we were a little too late to see the best of the blooms there was still enough on show to keep our cameras busy. The only downside was that there was nowhere to... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The guy at reception was very friendly and helpful, yes, certainly use a table at the cafe for your picnic, just tell them I sent you. The cafe were less friendly and no, that's impossible. So we struggled on with our two 80+ year old mothers and found a bench at least. The garden itself was very attractive and we... More 

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