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Devon Gardens Trust is devoted to the preservation and enhancement of gardens in the UK county of Devon

The Garden House

Statutory Designation: 

Barn, stair tower, garden wall with arch, listed Grade II.

District: 
West Devon
Parish: 
Buckland Monachorum
Grid ref: 
SX 496 682
Map no: 
Landranger 201
Type of site: 
Modern plantsmans garden.
Description: 

Created since 1945 by Lionel Fortesque (and now owned by a trust of that name) within the walls of part of a medieval monastery and now spread to some 7 acres.  Built around a stone tower and walls which recall Sissinghurst  and Scotney.  (3ha) of mixed planting with lawns and trees. From the tower there is a bird’s eye view of the enclosed garden.  Fortesque was a collector and developed the garden on a steep slope on the edge of Dartmoor, planted on five levels in compartmental  style, with herbaceous borders, trees, unusual shrubs and stone paths. Views to Cornwall.

Conservation Area: 
No
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: 
No
Area of Great Landscape Value: 
Yes
Nature Conservation Zone: 
No
Coastal Preservation Area: 
No
National Park: 
No
Scheduled: 
No
Evidence: 
MapView plan, scale 1:2500 Ordnance Survey 2nd edition, 1906, scale 6” (WCSL sheet 112/5) Ordnance Survey 2nd edition, 1906, scale 1:2500 (WCSL sheet 111/8) Getmapping aerial photograph 1:2500
References: 
S Pugsley: Devon Gardens – An Historical Survey, 1994: 18,178 OS Guide to Gardens: 96 A. Lees-Milne & R. Verey - Englishman’s Garden 1982: 64-67
Status: 
on Devon Gazetteer