Gardener’s Delight is an apt description of our area, and also happens to be the name of a tomato! If plants, flowers and gardens are your passion, or you enjoy exploring creative landscapes, then you might need to extend your holiday at Twistgates Farm Cottages.

Our nearest little gem is Burrow Farm Gardens. A beautiful garden that keeps expanding and has plenty of naturalistic planting, Visit in May to see the rhododendrons and azaleas.

Burrow Farm Gardens

Whatever the time of year Forde Abbey has something to offer and the drifts of snowdrops that line the drive up to the old monastery kick start the year. Sweetpeas, grown in the enclosed kitchen garden, are a sight to be seen, as are the immaculate rows of vegetables, overflowing herbaceous borders, wild-flower drifts and sweeps of trees.

A favourite National Trust property is Barrington Court where you’ll find a series of delightful walled gardens that were influenced by Gertrude Jekyll. also nearby are Montacute House, Lytes Cary, Knightshayes, Killerton, Tintinhull Garden and Stourhead, where the world famous gardens surround a lake, and look spectacular in the autumn when the leaves turn to oranges, reds and golds.

The Newt in Somerset

The Newt in Somerset is something completely different. A country estate with woodlands and gardens to wander in, and each day there are tours of the gardens led by the gardeners themselves. The grounds include a kitchen garden, fragrance garden, greenhouse, cascades, ponds, lakes and at the very heart the walled Parabola concealing apple trees of all varieties.


The Lost Gardens of Heligan

And jostling for a mention have to be the Connaught Gardens at Sidmouth, the Sub Tropical gardens at Abbotsbury, Bicton Park, where you can discover rare species of plants as well as visit the Palm House, Tropical House and Arid House. East Lambrook Manor (cottage garden planted by Margery Fish), Hestercombe with its display of temples, lakes and formal beds designed by Sir Edward Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. And not forgetting a day trip to the Lost Gardens of Heligan as well as the RHS gardens at Rosemoor. 


Leave your gardening paraphernalia at home and relax in a very comfortable ‘home from home’ self catering cottage, or our romantic Apple Loft apartment, and during your holiday take some time out to enjoy the diversity of these horticultural havens that have been lovingly created over many years in the South West of England, often they sell plants that, along with the memories, you can take home to inspire your own garden, or even window box, and many of them allow you to bring your dogs.

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