A Georgian mansion, in pink brick, with a twentieth century Arts and Crafts 'Italian' garden. The terraces were designed by John Belcher and would serve as illustrations to Reginald Blomfield's book on The Formal Garden. It overlooks the River Torridge and Bideford. Tapeley Park also has a kitchen garden and a woodland garden.
Instow, Devon, England, EX39 4NT
Mid March to October. Daily except Saturdays. Open 10am to 5pm.
I have visitted a heck of a lot of gardens and tapeley is right up there. absolutley enchanting. shabby- yes, a bit smaller than most-yes but a delightful place. do not miss the walk out to the monument and labyrinth. we will most def be back
over 4 years by
1 / 5
Seriously overpriced at Â£5 a head. Borders were poor ... More planting needed... Staff quite rude. Head for RHS Rosemount instead!
about 5 years by
5 / 5
Tapley's shabbyness is what makes it so fantastic! is there not something magical about walking through an ancient woodland and stumbling accross a wonderful lake?
The vegtable garden is a permiculture garden and therefore vegtables grow in hamoney with the wild plants.
There is something a little bit shabby about Tapeley or is that amateurish?
The lake is reached along a wooded walk. I presume it is maintained but it is like walking through a wood and finding a secret lake.
The vegetable garden looked horridly neglected. If this all seems horribly negative then I have to say I liked Tapeley. The areas around the house were lovely with lots of different planting and the house made a striking backdrop.
It could do with a serious injection of cash but it makes a change to the corporate National Trust look.
And the cafe serves lovely bacon!
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