Littleham House Cottage

11 Douglas Avenue,  Exmouth,  Devon  EX8 2EY

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¼m from Exmouth seafront Orcombe end.  E along seafront L into Maer Rd by Fortes Kiosk. Public car park on R. Short 250yd walk to Douglas Ave. Follow NGS signs click here for a map


This secret spring garden is full of colour, foliage and flair. Winding paths lead you to horticultural surprises round every corner; spring bulbs, flowering shrubs and other treasures abound in this cottage garden. Organically-grown vegetables, herbs and a variety of fruit trees - something for everyone

In the press

Featured on BBC TV and in Devon Life and Gardener's World

Disability information

Limited wheelchair access - gravel paths

Further details

One of our visitors described this as a “ skillfully planted and well-stocked cottage garden” tucked away in the middle of Exmouth.  An oasis of calm in this urban setting.  This 3/4 acre garden  focusses on colour combinations and all-year round interest.   Secret paths add to the romance and tranquility of the garden where each separate ‘room’ reveals new delights and a wider variety of garden aspects.   

There is a great variety of  herbaceous plants including native plants which reflect the biodiversity of the garden,  an abundance of single scented flowers which encourage pollination by many different butterflies, bees and other insects. Bird boxes, log piles and a pond . Even in the depths of winter bumblebees are busy in their profusion attracted to the many scented winter flowering shrubs.  

The real season starts in January with Camellias and other early flowering shrubs interspersed with spring bulbs.   The latest exciting addition to the garden is a collector’s gift to us of masses of snowdrop bulbs.   These are being added to our existing collection gathered over the past 7 years from Little Cumbre and new areas  are currently being planted up.  We now have over 34 different named varieties in our ‘embryonic’ collection - but there are over 200 different varieties ... so we still have some way to go!  The February opening in 2013 should provide quite a display  - the homemade teas usually offered on Open Days will be replaced by homemade Soup and rolls.

Snowdrops are quickly followed by s of daffodils, and many other varieties of bulbs and flowering plants.   Easter see the entrancing Banksia rose clothing the main cottage wall.  By May there is the beautiful and select Peony Rockii which never ceases to enthrall anyone lucky enough to catch its brief but magnificent flowering.  In Summer itself the garden is burgeoning with flowers in the large colourful herbaceous borders with Agapanthus and Romneya coulteri.  There is a grand Autumn display of salvias and michaelmas daisies beautifully set off by the changing foliage and fruits of the crab apple, spindle, Hamamelis and Acers. 

Each month brings a different ‘wow’ factor but you don’t have to stand and stare, there are plenty of seats around the garden.   We hope you will come and  enjoy the sense of serenity we feel in the garden.  The garden is Open by Appointment.  Plant sales and Homemade teas. 

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