Parracombe Open Gardens

Date(s) - 21/07/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Eight gardens including a larger garden at Heddon Hall with a walled garden and many rare plants.  All gardens within walking distance around the village which includes a pottery, ancient church, and via a short walk on a public footpath, a steam railway terminus.

Lunches available at the Fox & Goose (booking advised 01598 763239), and refreshments in the Village Hall.

£6.00 for gardens entry (children free).

Well-behaved dogs welcome on short leads. Plants for sale in some gardens.

All proceeds to Parracombe Community Trust.  For more details call 01598 763469


1 Heddon Hall – Rare species, ferns, shrubs and trees all thrive in their spectacular valley setting. The walled garden has clipped box hedges and cordoned fruit trees as well as flowers, herbs and vegetables. The mainly herbaceous rose garden leads onto a glorious informal rockery and bog garden, where the River Heddon runs into three ponds.

2 The Summer House – A small garden carefully laid out with plenty in it. A little vegetable patch, a water feature and some unusual plants. It is much cherished and gives the owner endless pleasure.

3 Little Close – The house and garden date from 1923 and the house was named after the small field it is built in. The garden is informal, developing as an orchard and wild meadow, the terraced area as informal beds and species trees and a woodland planting at the north end, all framed by trees from the original garden of the 1940’s.

4 Laurel House – A small garden packed with successional planting and  landscape features which has recently been adapted for easier access to the main beds.  Also includes potted plant collections including small bonsai.

5 Bodley Cottage – A small ancient walled garden with mature shrubs and trees leading to a larger area of lawn, thought to have been an orchard where the present owners are creating new borders. A vegetable garden using Charles Dowding’s No Dig system. (Limited disabled access.)

6 Paradise Villa – A south facing garden with far reaching views over the west side of Parracombe. Developed over the last three years to be self sufficient in fruit and vegetables, it has fourteen separate fruit and vegetable beds, grape vines and fruit trees, various bamboos and giant Gunnera. (Limited disabled access.)

7 Rock Cottage & Pottery Started in 2009 from a bare, waterlogged small paddock It has gradually evolved over the last 9 years, and is still being added to and altered as it matures. It is a combination of working raised vegetable beds, lawn and flower beds.

8 South Hill House Informal gardens set in gently sloping grounds beside the river Heddon.  A walled front garden is of spring interest with mainly rhododendrons and azaleas. A cobbled courtyard leads to the rear garden, a mix of herbaceous boarders, mature trees and terraced beds with a vegetable patch. (Limited disabled access.)

Disclaimer – Visitors are advised to take precautions when visiting the gardens, some have steep steps, uneven and slippery surfaces. Visitors to the gardens do so entirely at their own risk, the organisers of Parracombe open gardens do not bear any responsibility whatsoever for any accidental loss or injury.

Parracombe Admin

Administrator for Parracombe community web site.

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