Cadhay house and garden open to the public

Cadhay house and garden, located a short distance from Ottery St Mary in East Devon, is open every Friday afternoon from May through to September. In addition, during the late Spring and the Summer Bank Holidays it is open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons.

Guided tours of the house recount its history dating back to the early 15th century. Visitors will see the Long Gallery, the Roof Chamber with its Elizabethan timbered roof, and the Court of the Sovereigns, described by Simon Jenkins as one of the “treasures of Devon”.

Visitors are also invited to explore the garden and allotments. In fact more and more people are coming to just visit the gardens which are an oasis of calm and tranquility and change dramatically as the season progresses.

Cadhay’s garden is beautiful but it is not a formal show garden. Nonetheless gardening enthusiasts come here to enjoy its informal and natural design and relaxing beauty. The house is approached from the north down a lime tree avenue. On the east side it looks out over lawns with a ha-ha giving a seamless view over parkland – a very popular venue for wedding receptions.

After farm buildings on the south side were demolished in 1910, a border was established and a lawn was laid out and planted with Irish yews leading to the mediaeval fish ponds. Plants of note include an avenue of limes, Gunnera manicata, Cotinus coggygnia, Cosmea bipinnatus, Magnolia grandifloraDahlia hybrids and Echinacea purpure.

Behind the house, the walled kitchen gardens have been given over to allotments. At some times of the year, homegrown vegetables, wig wams of sweet peas, show gladioli or glorious dahlias can be seen.

The Tea Room, offering delicious homemade cakes, light refreshments and Devon cream teas, is open at the same time as the house and garden.

Cadhay is a member of the Historic Houses Association.

Contact jayne@cadhay.org.uk or 
telephone 01404 813511 for further details.

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What our visitors say

“Loved the gardens. Surprises around every corner. Will definitely recommend to others. Delicious tea. Excellent cakes.”