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GARDENS ILLUSTRATED: Devon on the Wildside

4 July 2022

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Keith Wiley, pioneering plantsman, creator of ‘Wildside’ and regular contributor to Gardens Illustrated will host this special tour accompanied by tour leader Sophie Piebenga 
Tucked down in the southwest corner of England, Devon is a county tailor-made for the garden-visiting connoisseur: a dramatically contrasting landscape of moorland, wooded coombes, seascapes, and rich, red earth. Here, we have chosen a selection of contrasting gardens that in their own way are all pushing boundaries and breaking the mould. We have found some exceptional gardens, including Wildside, described as ‘the most innovative, daring and vibrant new garden in Britain’; Plaz Metaxu, an ambitious, contemporary, and challenging, intellectual garden; and Mothecombe where we visit a garden planted to attract bees as well as butterflies, slow worms, frogs, and dragonflies. To cap it all, we stay at the enchanting Hotel Endsleigh overlooking the fast-flowing River Tamar with stunning gardens thought to be one of the last commissions of renowned, early 19th-century landscape gardener Humphry Repton. Originally a hunting lodge belonging to the Dukes of Bedford, the house has been beautifully renovated and adapted by hotelier Olga Polizzi of the famous Forte family; all in all, the perfect base for a tour of the gardens of this beautiful region.  

Your Accommodation

Hotel Endsleigh

Situated on the border between Devon and Cornwall in the Tamar Valley, this fairy-tale hotel is the country cousin of the seaside Tresanton in Cornwall and The Star in Alfriston. Overlooking the River Tamar and beyond into Cornwall, Endsleigh, now owned by Olga Polizzi, is set in 108 acres of gardens, woodlands, follies and grottos created by Humphry Repton 200 years ago and was one of Humphry Repton’s last commissions which brings together a multitude of landscaping elements for which Repton was renowned.
The 19 generously-sized rooms are decorated in original hand-painted wallpapers, antique bathroom fittings and chairs upholstered in pretty florals. Room five has glamorous chaise longue, bird-themed wallpaper, roll-top bath and beautiful views of the garden; while room four, with its diminutive bathroom in what used to be a private chapel, is wonderfully quirky.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Flat screen television
  • DVD player 
  • Safe 
  • Free WiFi
  • Mitchell and Peach toiletries