One of the most unusual and curious buildings on the Killerton estate, with many interesting stories to tell. Built as a summer-house called 'Ladycott', it then housed an unruly bear cub. During World War II three teachers slept here to find peace and quiet from the two schools that were evacuated here.
The rustic bridge
Before the gardens were landscaped in the early 19th Century, the whole area was a Deer Park. The rustic bridge crosses the remains of the Deer fence, designed to prevent the private herd from jumping out of the park. Originally built at the same time as the Bear's hut, it is constructed in the same style.
A number of smaller grass paths criss-cross the gravel paths and may lead to you to areas of the garden you haven't explored. Find a secluded bench to admire the views out towards the coast.
Enjoy beautful views west towards Dartmoor from this Acland family memorial.
Admire a carpet of spring bulbs whilst taking in the views of the garden and Exe estuary.
Enjoy the sweeping lawns to the cool shaded paths; this garden was designed to provide light and shade.
Killerton's plant legacy
John Veitch set up a successful plant nursery. Travelling the world, the nursery collected rare and exotic plants to be grown in Killerton's garden - including the giant redwood.
Killerton's garden history
John Veitch was the gardener in charge of creating our gardens when the house was built in 1778. An important nurseryman and landscaper, Veitch went on to transform the garden.
Veitch and the tulip trees
Planted in Veitch's time, two eye-catching 'champion' Tulip trees can be seen in the chapel grounds. Also of note are two rare hybrid oaks Suberosa and Lucombeana.