After decades of neglect, the gardens at Hillersdon have been lovingly restored and developed, and this work is ongoing. The Gardens and Parkland now include several ornamental lakes, new collection of rhododendrons, restored walled garden, secret garden, stumpery, formal parterres, wild flower meadow, red deer and the ancient and enigmatic chestnut walk.
Hillersdon has always been a very Private Garden. This is only the second time the Gardens have been open to the General Public in the last Century.
Sunday 27 May, Monday 28 May (10am - 5pm). Admission £5.00, children free. Home-made teas on main terrace adjacent to house.
Mr Mike Lloyd
Access to walled garden and formal garden areas but loose gravel on many paths. Limited wheelchair access to other areas (gradients and steps).
How to find us
Hillersdon, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 1LS
2m NW of Cullompton (M5 J28). From Fore St in Cullompton town centre (B3181) take Tiverton Rd (narrow entrance next to Costa). Continue along this road for approx 1½m then follow yellow signs to Hillersdon.
More about Hillersdon
After decades of neglect, the Gardens at Hillersdon House are currently in the seventh year of a massive restoration and redevelopment project. Sympathetic to the beautiful, rolling, Devon countryside, abundant natural water and the original mid 19th Century garden layout of William Grant, the Gardens are an inspiring collection of the natural, formal, and contemporary.
Explore the Gardens at your leisure, from the Formal Parterres at the House to the abundantly planted Walled Garden and working Kitchen Garden, through the Secret Garden and Stumpery and then to the ancient Chestnut Walk. Cross the 50 acre Deer Park (home to Hillersdon's first herd of Red Deer for over a Century) to Lily Pond and Garden Lake where a large new collection of Rhododendrons has been planted. These have been arranged both in Geographical zones and as groups signifying the most important introductions of Rhododendrons to the UK since the mid 18th Century. We now have collections of the most important Asian plants introduced by Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson, Frank Kingdom-Ward, George Forrest, Joseph Rock, and Joseph Hooker, amongst others, and North American Rhododendrons introduced in 1773 by William Bartram. This collection will continue to expand in the coming years and will become a unique and Nationally important collection.
The Gardens were first opened to the NGS on 2016, and there has been further development since then, notably the creation and planting of a large new collection of Magnolia's and Ornamental trees and shrubs at the 'Woodland Bank'.