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Great location

Views from car park of estuary towards coast not to be missed . Terraced gardens and lawns to be... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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Lovely Gardens & friendly staff

Tapeley Park between Instow and Westleigh is best visited on a fine sunny day. Home of Hector... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bideford, United Kingdom
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Tapeley invites you to do something different today… Tapeley Park gardens is one of North Devon’s best kept secrets. Explore the unique gardens and enchanted woods with centuries’ old trees and lake that’s home to dragonflies and kingfishers. Play...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Instow, Bideford EX39 4NT, England
+44 1271 860897
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went with expectations. The whole place shows a distinct lack of TLC. The best items were the painted wooden signs. The Italian Gardens are not Italian. The kitchen garden is nice but poorly stocked. Overall impression is that the grounds are not well maintained....More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful laid back gardens, friendly staff and amazing tea room. Perfect for a lazy afternoon out. Don’t miss the permaculture gardens or the lemon cake...

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You need to be inquisitive, there are lots of paths to follow and gateways to try. A very relaxed and comfortable place. Make the effort to walk to the Monument and you'll be rewarded with the view. Similarly walk down through the woods to the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Views from car park of estuary towards coast not to be missed . Terraced gardens and lawns to be enjoyed plus colourful borders in summer . Walked garden full of produce and worth a visit . Good tea rooms

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 559suzannel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are currently staying in Appledore on holiday and visited early on a Sunday (soon after 10 when it opens) as I wasn’t sure what the parking was like and as the weather lovely, wasn’t sure if it would be busy. In fact there is...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank clarewelsh67
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We understood that wheelchair access was limited but speed bumps right after the entrance were a joke. Far too much gravel and cobbles. When we got to the cafe it was cash only! Very disappointed and would advise anyone with mobility issues or without a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank mroclock
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are well maintained and we liked the sustainability concept, too. Nicely laid out, great vistas and a good collection of plants and trees. For us the absolute highlight was the food in the Dairy Tea Rooms. Explosions of taste and salad that's so...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank des2812
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tapeley Park between Instow and Westleigh is best visited on a fine sunny day. Home of Hector Christie,(the family started the Glyndeborne Opera Festival in, Sussex). The house is not open to the public, except for prearranged organised groups. Lots of things to see for...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank tonechris85
Reviewed July 12, 2019

We love Tapeley. Unassuming and naturalistic gardens, beautiful but not obsessively tended and a natural woodland walk to the lake. Tranquility - a wonderful place for a relaxing stroll and some peace. A striking contrast with the nearby generously funded, ordered (arguably ostentatious) Rosemoor. On...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Mr_E_E_Nigma
Reviewed July 9, 2019

Spent a wonderful few hours in the garden and woodlands. The formal gardens are pretty and well maintained and the woodland and lake area enchanting & peaceful. The tearoom was great with very welcoming staff and the most wonderfully delicious cream tea we have ever...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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July 29, 2019|
Response from Vermy100 | Reviewed this property |
There is a spacious car park but it is probably best to check with them whether it's OK for a caravan.
July 23, 2019|
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Response from Jane H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the gardens are dog friendly and I was able to go into the tearoom with my dog to order my drinks and food, and I sat in the other room which is dog friendly.
Caroline S
September 2, 2017|
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