View gallery

Bocombe Mill Cottage

12 themed flower gardens and many unique features that punctuate an undulating landscape of 5 acres in a wooded valley. Streams, 3 bog gardens - raised walkway, a dozen water features, 3 large pools. White pergola. Hillside orchard. Soft fruit and kitchen gardens. Wild meadow, a wildlife haven. Short flower garden walk or longer circular walk, boots suggested. Garden Plan incl 80+ specimen trees.

Real hermit in the hermitage with adjoining shell grotto. Goats on hillside. Japanese pavilion with buddha cascade. Garden kaleidoscope. New gated stone archway to hermitage walk. All organic.

Saturday 26 May, Sunday 27 May, Monday 28 May (12 - 5pm). Admission £4.50, child £1.00.
Ploughmans lunches & traditional home-made cakes & cream teas.

Visitors also welcome by arrangement April to July for groups of 10+. Admission £4.50, child £1.00. Home-made teas.

Mr Chris Butler & Mr David Burrows
01237 451293

How to find us

Bocombe Mill Cottage, Bocombe, Parkham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5PH

6m E of Clovelly, 9m SW of Bideford. From A39 just outside Horns Cross village, turn to Foxdown. At Xrds follow signs for parking.

More about Bocombe Mill Cottage

It's our thirteenth year of opening for the NGS! If you've been previously come back and see how the garden has matured, with new features (a new gated stone archway to Hermitage Walk for 2018) and new planting.
The grounds at Bocombe Mill Cottage are an ideal place to walk, relax and enjoy the gardens spliced into a beautiful wooded valley.There are 5 acres (2 hectares) of organic gardens, orchard and wild meadow. A Circular Walk takes in the vast majority of features in the grounds, both natural and man-made, in a distance of just under one mile. The complete list is too long to show here (29 in all, see our own web site at There are spectacular views and hundreds of plant species to be enjoyed on the way! There's a Garden Plan and tree guide of our circular walk available for visitors to Bocombe Mill Cottage, and the walk includes: Twelve themed flower gardens, with seven gardens constituting a Flower Garden Walk. Twelve Water Features, including the Frog Pool and the Serpent & the Cauldron, plus a Japanese Pavilion and Buddha Cascade. Extensive Kitchen garden, soft fruit garden & Greenhouse. Orchard with half an acre of ancient and new fruit trees, bounded on one side by a small beech wood and on the other by our Goat Hillside with goats. Shaded Bog garden along side Willow Brook, sunny Bog Garden between the large pools, which are stocked with hundreds of native fish and exotic water plants, and a new Bog Garden with pool, bridge and Obelisk. Stream tumbling the entire length of one side of the garden & meadow, and over eighty specimen trees. Wild meadow with hundreds of plant species and wildlife. Surprise Grotto & Hermitage with real Hermit. Garden Kaleidoscope. Enjoy a couple of hours strolling in the grounds, relax on a seat or two along the way and soak up the fresh air, we're only a mile or so from the sea.