Gardens

Walk the sinuous winding paths in the magnificent terrace garden © Andrew Butler

Walk the sinuous winding paths in the magnificent terrace garden

The highest garden

Upon entering the garden you are transported to a different world.

The layout was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and George Dillistone to complement the castle's appearance. At 1,000ft this the National Trust's highest garden, so it has to endure the rather extreme weather conditions of Devon's Dartmoor National Park.

The bunty house

The Bunty House (Wendy House) was built for Julius Drewe’s daughter Frances

The bunty house was built for Julius Drewe's youngest daughter, Frances. Go through the tiny gate to explore its miniature garden, complete with vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Spotter sheet

Pick up a free spotter sheet to wander around the garden with. Try and spot animals and learn more about the landscape.

The luncheon house

The adults also had their own playroom, a summerhouse. It was designed by Lutyens for the Drewe family to use on their visits to see the castle being built.

What to look out for in May

Highlights this month include the rhododendrons and magnolias in Basil's woodland garden which has recently been reopened after conservation work. 

Plant centre

Recreate your stroll around the garden by taking home a plant for your own shrubbery or border.

The sunken rose garden

The sunken Rose Garden in the terraced gardens at Castle Drogo

Julius Drewe had insisted that a rose garden be created for his wife, Frances, as they were her favourite flowers. It is planted as a series of 24 square and rectangular beds in a chequer board effect, combined with a lawn.

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