Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens, between Bridport & Weymouth. Tel:01305 871387 Established in 1765, a mixture of formal and informal, with walled garden walks and woodland valleys. Camelia groves and Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Hydrangeas.
A La Ronde, Exmouth. (National Trust) Tel: 01395 265514 An unusual house built in 1796, with a shell incrusted gallery, a feather frieze, and many 18th century contents.
Bicton Park and Gardens, East Budleigh. Tel: 01395 568465 Outdoor and indoor trees, shrubs and flowers, including the 19th century Palm House. Indoor exhibition of Traction Engines, Machinery, Tools and Victorian memorabilia.
Burrow Farm Gardens, Dalwood Nr Axminster. Tel: 01404 831285 Set in 6 acres, with woodland, lush borders, spacious lawns, unusual plants and shrubs and wild flowers.
Cadhay Manor, Ottery St Mary. Tel: 01404 812999 Manor House built in 1550. The gardens have herbaceous border, an avenue of limes, yew hedges, and the original mediaeval fish ponds. Restricted opening hours so please ring to check opening times.
Escot, Ottery St Mary Tel: 01404 822188 200200 acres of 18th century parkland and gardens, squirrels, otters, birds of prey, pets and aquatic centre
Forde Abbey and Gardens, Nr Chard Tel: 01460 221290 Founded 800 years ago by Cistercian monks, with 17th century plaster ceiling and Mortlake tapestries, the gardens feature spring bulbs, arboretum, lakes and a working kitchen garden. Pick your own soft fruit.
Killerton House, Broadclyst Nr Exeter. Tel: 01392 881345 (National Trust) 18th Century house, including a hillside garden with rare trees, rhododendrons, herbacious borders, the rustic bears’ house and Iron Age Hill Fort.
Knightshayes Court, Bolham Nr Tiverton. Tel: 01884 254665 (National Trust) Victorian Gothic House, the gardens are renowned for rare plants and trees.
Pecorama Gardens, Beer Tel: 01297 21542 Newly designed gardens for the millennium, opened in July 2000. Sun, moon and rainbow themes. Spectacular coastal views.
Sand House and Gardens, Sidbury. Tel: 01395 597230 The main family house is Elizabethan, with an adjacent Mediaeval Hall House, 6 acres of gardens with lawns, borders and woodland. Restricted opening hours so please ring to check opening times.
Shute Barton, between Colyton & Axminster. Tel: 01297 34692 (National Trust) Plantagenet Manor House, with Great Kitchen, which has, it is believed, the largest open fireplace in the country. Limited opening hours so please ring to check opening times.