Stay in a garden
For the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience of a garden in the South West, stay in one of our holiday cottages. You could live in one of our gardens for the duration of your stay, and some even have access out of hours when the garden is closed to the public.
Lytes Cary, Somerset
The holiday accommodation at Lytes Cary Manor is in the west wing overlooking the intimate Arts and Crafts garden, with side views to the parkland and estate beyond. The garden rooms contain a magical collection of topiary and herbaceous borders, while tranquil walks on the estate take you along the River Cary.
Visitors here often speak of this being a place you can imagine living; well, now's your chance.
Tintinhull House, Somerset
Tintinhull House is an elegant 17th-century house built from local Ham Hill stone overlooking the formal garden. You can feel like the lord and lady of the manor, enjoying spectacular views out over the network of garden rooms and exploring it out of hours. There's a working kitchen garden, an orchard, glittering pools, secluded lawns and colourful borders, providing a fantastic place to relax.
Godolphin House is a hugely atmospheric house sitting in beautiful gardens and in great walking country. There is a rear private garden area specifically for holiday cottage guests but you can also explore the main garden, even when it's not open to the public. The ancient garden boasts an original medieval layout and is one of the most important historic gardens in Europe.
Stay in a beautiful historic house, in this first-floor apartment in The West Wing of Trerice. It's at the heart of the estate and yet a peaceful retreat, with views over the garden and countryside and the house and grounds at your disposal. The stillness and tranquillity of Trerice is much prized by visitors.
There're a few ways to enjoy Greenway as Agatha Christie once did, with access to the Greenway garden at all times. For a really authentic experience stay in The Apartment, spread over the first and second floors of Greenway House. The Apartment is right at the heart of the magical garden. In addition, it has its own small garden, with an open-air swimming pool (open June to September) and a patio.
Killerton Park cottage is a 1920s carriage drive lodge house on the edge of the Killerton Parkland. You can enjoy views towards Ashclyst forest as well as easy access to Killerton House with its fine gardens that were created to be beautiful year round - with rhododendrons, magnolias and rare trees surrounded by rolling Devon countryside.
The Tyntesfield estate is home to three charming holiday cottages, all offering guests the chance to explore the 500-acre estate and entry to the main house.
Chaplain’s Lodge, a mid-Victorian gate-lodge, provides all the comforts of a country retreat.
Chaplain's House was built as a residence for the Gibbs family's chaplain, a prestigious role. It's set on the edge of the formal garden and wider estate.
Summerhouse Cottage is a delightful mid-19th-century estate cottage (Grade II) along a quiet track on the edge of woodland, yet only 450 metres north of the main Tyntesfield house. It has a garden with a patio overlooking the octagonal Summerhouse and farmland behind.
89 Church Lawn is located just outside the landscape gardens at Stourhead. It stands right at the entrance to the garden, looking over its own lawned area to the village church across the lane. Out of the front door, the garden of Stourhead is there to be enjoyed daily with its temples, monuments, rare trees and plants set around the magnificent lake.
Although Cotehele is largely Tudor, Hall Court occupies the oldest part of the building and is thought to date back to the 15th century. It's a first-floor apartment looking down into the grassed courtyard below. You can retire to your private rooms at any moment and yet also enjoy access to Cotehele's garden at all times.
Retainer's Court is a charming two-storey building, reused as a dairy or still room for the main house in the 18th century. It overlooks a cobbled court leading to Cotehele's ancient chapel and, in the other direction, the orchard filled with daffodils in the spring. A stay here gives you access to Cotehele's garden at all times.
Coleton Fishacre, Devon
The Chauffeur's Flat is a self-contained, first-floor Art Deco apartment above the old 'Motor House', set within the picturesque grounds of Coleton Fishacre. Spacious and bright, the flat makes a stylish and comfortable base from which to enjoy the celebrated garden: keen gardeners might find this a particularly attractive prospect. Guests are entitled to free and unlimited use of the Coleton Fishacre gardens.