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Hotel Endsleigh

Endsleigh House, built by the Duke of Bedford in 1810 as a fishing lodge and designed by architect Jeffrey Wyatville, sits high above the River Tamar set in a garden largely designed by Humphrey Repton, an exceptional rare surviving example of his work.


Devon, UK

GAP Photos/Carole Drake

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Around the house there are formal features including the Children’s Parterre, the Grass Terrace, the Long Border and the Rose Walk. Further away the garden becomes wild and dramatic, with streams, cascades, exposed rock faces and massive trees including Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant Redwood), Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas fir), Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory) and Davidia involucrata (Handkerchief tree) amongst many others. In early May the drive is lined with Rhododendron ‘Endsleigh Pink’, gunnera begins to unfurl its massive leaves beside the stream that rushes down from Dartmoor, and acers blush with rosy new foliage. The garden features a rare Shell House too, with windows of yellow glass and a pebbled floor. In 2005 Olga Polizzi bought Endsleigh House and it’s now a beautiful country house hotel with head gardener Ben Ruscombe-King leading the small team who look after the garden and grounds.



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