• Visit to Shilstone Gardens and Devon Rural Archive Tuesday 29th October 2019 at 11 am
Devon Gardens Trust is devoted to the preservation and enhancement of gardens in the UK county of Devon

Newton House, Newton Surmaville, near Yeovil

Date & Time of Event: 
Thursday, 24 July, 2014 - 10:00 to 13:00

In 2013 Jane and Robin Cannon opened their historic home and garden in order to raise money for two breast cancer charities.  The DGT organised a visit for its members on 22nd June 2013.  In November 2013 Jane Cannon wrote:

"It is thrilling the amount of money we have raised this summer for both of our charities, Breakthrough and Coppafeel, by opening our home and gardens.

Newton House

 A very big thank you to all of you who have supported us and helped 
us raise funds by visiting our home. We are still going to carry on
raising funds for our two charities during next year aswe are determined
to try and reach our goal of £100,000.
 This year Robin and I have been delighted that so many people have enjoyed 
their visit to Newton House. We have had so many letters of thanks and
such positive feedback and many requests from groups who would like
to book again for 2014. Therefore, we have decided to open on each Thursday
during May, June and July 2014 both am and pm to organised groups, so we can
try and put more funds into the charity pot. We request that no group is
smaller than 20 people and no larger than 50. The entry price will include
a house tour, an unguided tour of the gardens and grounds and tea or coffee
and a selection of homemade cakes in our "pop up" tearoom.

Thank you once again for all your support."

Several DGT members have asked whether we could arrange another visit to Newton House, hence the visit in the morning of 24th July (10a.m. prompt start). 

The house was built in 1612 and was sold for the first time in 2007 having been passed down through generations of the Harbin family.   The tour of the house will start promptly at 10a.m. The gardens (which include an extensive walled garden, 90' long greenhouse, over 70 standard ‘weeping’ roses, formal potagere, mediaeval carp ponds, pleached limes and orchard) will be accessible.  Refreshments will be served.   Tickets £17.50 (members), £20 (non-members) to include cream tea.  £15 per person will be donated to breast cancer charities by the owners.  This is a perfect opportunity for an afternoon visit to Montacute House (NT), East Lambrook or Tintinhull  - all are within easy reach.   Contact Ian Varndell (e. events@devongardenstrust.org.uk ; t. 07769 335506) for details (more information about the house and garden are on the DGT website –  www.devongardenstrust.org.uk) and to book (before 17th July please).  The booking form can be downloaded here.