Cullompton, Devon

Hillersdon House was designed by theatre architect Samuel Beazley in 1849 providing a decadent party house for arctic explorer Billy Grant and is one of the most important country houses in Devon.

The classical revival house sits elegantly high up in the valley with panoramic views across to the Blackdown Hills. A serpentine driveway tantalises visitors with glimpses of the house upon approach and views across a series of lakes lining the valley. Behind the house is one of the most amazing walled gardens complete with gardener’s cottage.

Very little had been done to the grounds since its heyday yet the 250 acres of oak-filled parkland remained in pristine condition.

A complete restoration of house and grounds began in 2010 to provide the new owners with a country estate that could was its own face. Much of the parkland was fenced off with estate railing, containing a herd of red deer, cattle and sheep. The ponds and lakes have been dredged and restored to their formal glory and the walled garden once again provides produce to the kitchens that cater for large extravagant weddings and shooting parties. The pleasure grounds now contain an extensive and rare collection of rhododendrons luring the visitors into the valley.

Date

September 18, 2017

Category

Garden Architecture, Garden Design, style, Suffolk

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