High above Devon’s River Yealm, Thorn House & Garden boasts spectacular views towards Dartmoor & many treasures.
Lucy Peel shares why an Invitation to View visit to Thorn House & Garden near Plymouth in Devon is a must in her article – ‘Rare Chance to enjoy spectacular West house’, published earlier this year in the Western Morning News.
From its idyllic position high above the River Yealm, Thorn House & Garden enjoys spectacular views towards Dartmoor and boasts many treasures, both architectural and horticultural.
While the exact date of the house is unknown, it is primarily early 19th-century, with parts dating back as far as the Tudor period. Over time its various, occasionally eccentric, owners have each left their stamp, creating today’s imposing building.
The house sits within a stunning nine-acre garden, mainly created in the 1920s, when the owner William Arkwright ordered the terraces and lawns to be laid and installed the striking statuary, including the four enormous Italian carrara marble urns.
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From the central terrace and lawn, a formal walk leads to the rose garden and onto the Long Walk. This runs between formal borders towards magnificent decorative iron gates, beyond which the land falls sharply away, allowing unbroken views across the river towards Newton Ferrers.
High above and parallel to the formal walk, the Terrace Path connects the house with the furthest part of the garden, allowing visitors a bird’s-eye view of the lower garden.
One of the features of the garden is its very special collection of exotic mature ‘champion’ trees and plants from around the globe, the rarity and beauty of which will delight enthusiasts and amateurs alike.
Invitation to View offers the unique opportunity for visitors to be taken around Thorn House & Garden on a tour led by the owners, John and Eva Gibson.
John will show you around the ground floor of the house – very much a family home – and take you down into the fascinating cellars. John has a wealth of historical knowledge and might even treat you to a mini recital on the pipe organ.The glorious garden is Eva’s territory, and her passion and expertise are completely inspirational.
Tours cost £17, last two and a half hours, include a delicious Devon cream tea and can be booked at www.invitationtoview.co.uk or via the booking line on 01206 573 948.
Invitation to View Tours of Thorn House & Garden, Plymouth, Devon
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