Coombe Trenchard, Okehampton, Devon
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon with Sarah Marsh, the owner of Coombe Trenchard, who will share her passion for restoring these beautiful Edwardian gardens. Your guided tour will then take you into Coombe Trenchard, a fine example of an Arts & Crafts country house.
The house and gardens were designed in 1906 by architect Walter Sarel with terraces, garden buildings, paths and bridges. The house retains many original Arts & Crafts features including a unique ‘disappearing’ wall, recently discovered in the main hall, and thought to be the only one of its type in the country.
Still a work in progress, forgotten paths, woodland garden, water gardens and the pattern of long forgotten Edwardian planting schemes are being discovered and restored. The house and gardens lie in the heart of West Devon with views extending towards Dartmoor. There will be the opportunity after tea to join in a game of croquet on the games lawn, weather permitting, or just to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the gardens. In May and June Coombe Trenchard will be hosting its biennial Sculpture in the Garden exhibition.
Guided tour of the ground floor of the house and the gardens with owner. In May & June tour of sculptural exhibition.
I so enjoyed my time with you and think your house is absolutely delightful. It has huge atmosphere and character. The garden is also lovely and it's so nice to see you bringing the whole place back to its former glory, with such care and respect. I love the quirkiness of Coombe Trenchard.
From Exeter on the A30 after the Okehampton junction take the A386 exit (signposted Tavistock, Bideford). At end of the slip road turn right, then immediately left (signposted Lewdown). In Lewdown turn left for Lewtrenchard and follow the road to the bottom of the hill. Turn right into lane opposite the sign for Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel. Coombe Trenchard can be found 100 yards on the right.
From the Launceston direction on the A30 take the Lifton turning, following the road through the town to Lewdown. In Lewdown turn right (approx. 50m past Post Office) for Lewtrenchard and follow the road to the bottom of the hill. Turn right into lane opposite the sign for Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel. Coombe Trenchard can be found 100 yards on the right.
Traditional Devonshire tea, including home-made scones with cream and jam, and cakes served on the beautiful, south-facing terrace after the tour. December tour to include mulled wine on arrival.
No photography in house please. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Easy access to gardens, gravel paths. Ground floor on one level, seats available.