The Garden House, Buckland Monachoram

Designation:
All on Devon Gazetteer
Type:
  • Modern plantsmans garden
Period/Century:
  • C20
Parish:
Buckland Monachoram
Local Authority:
West Devon
OS Grid Ref:
SX 496 682
Map no.:
Landranger 201
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.  

 

Listed Buildings

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

 

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