With the seasons slowly edging into a change, Shilstone is a wonderful place to see out late summer and spot the autumnal shifts. We’re praying for an Indian summer so that we can continue to get outdoors as much as possible!
If you’re popping down for the day to the cafe or restaurant, we thought it would be nice to give you a step by step guide on all the beautiful garden spots you can explore at Shilstone…
To start your walk, enter the gardens via the gate opposite the cafe courtyard. From here, you’ll be able to follow the meandering tree-lined paths that take in the Georgian Manor house and the views beyond. You have a choice of taking the lower grassy level or climbing the historical stone steps (once belonging to Plymouth Harbour!)
As you make your way towards the back of the house towards the delightful miniature parterre, you’ll find a quiet spot to sit and take in the peace and tranquility. From this point, you have a number of options including the rear house courtyard leading to the wide lawn looking over the Devon countryside, entering the walled garden with its tree-lined avenue or passing through the white gate that will take you down a bridleway towards to the Medieval ponds and Valley Walk that takes about 45 minutes depending on your pace.
Most of the gardens are accessible unless otherwise sign-posted, so please feel free to adventure and explore at your leisure. And of course, if in doubt, there’s always a friendly Shilstone face to guide you in the right direction.
Shilstone Gardens are currently open every Thursday and Sunday
10.30am – 5pm
From October throughout winter, the gardens will be open from Wednesday through to Sunday in line with the Shilstone Cafe opening days.