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Heanton Satchville - A Guided Tour

Date & Time of Event: 
Thursday, 29 May, 2014 - 14:00

Heanton Satchville is the home of Lord and Lady Clinton and is rarely open to the public.  The estate is situated in Huish above the Torridge River Valley, approximately 8 miles from Great Torrington.   The garden looks out across the recently restored William S. Gilpin parkland and its large collection of veteran trees, incorporating numerous stunning views and vistas of the North Devon countryside.

Heanton SatchvilleHeanton Satchville 2The 25 acre garden comprises the pleasure garden surrounding the Mansion; a more formal planting of specimen trees and shrubs, borders and hedges set in gently undulating lawns; the cottage walk woodland garden with camellia, rhododendron, Acer and hydrangea collections, and two one-acre walled gardens, one of which is still in use for the production of fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for the house. Three early 20th century glasshouses are currently used to grow a range of produce and for the propagation of plants for the garden.


Head Gardener Paul Hipkin will guide the group (numbers are strictly limited, so early booking is essential). 

By kind permission of Lord and Lady Clinton.



Optional morning visit to RHS Rosemoor (Great Torrington)

Rosemoor is a perennial favourite and should be at its best at the end of May.  There is no itinerary for this morning visit to RHS Rosemoor - except that Sarah Chesters, Senior Education Officer has agreed to show us the Peter Buckley Learning Centre (at 11.45h) where hundreds of children every year are introduced to growing, gardening and outdoor learning.

The visit to RHS Rosemoor is optional, and please note that all visitors will have to pay for entrance to RHS Rosemoor (RHS members free).  Please indicate when booking for Heanton Satchville if you are also intending to visit RHS Rosemoor so that we get an idea of likely numbers.

There is an excellent cafe at RHS Rosemoor for lunch, and ample places to enjoy a picnic (not provided).