Stunning sights of Braunton gardens open to public

A stunning Victorian greenhouse, a wonderful walled kitchen garden and a 400-year-old holy well are among the sights on offer at an unusual open garden event in Braunton next Sunday June 14.) The public have a unique opportunity to see the grounds of Buck

A stunning Victorian greenhouse, a wonderful walled kitchen garden and a 400-year-old holy well are among the sights on offer at an unusual open garden event in Braunton next Sunday June 14.)

The public have a unique opportunity to see the grounds of Buckland Manor - mentioned in the Domesday Book - and St Brannocks House, with two gardens for the price of one and all proceeds going to the Red Cross.

Between 2-5.30pm visitors can start at Buckland Manor and work their way down to St Brannocks, either on foot or with a shuttle service laid on for the afternoon.

At St Brannocks House, built in 1805, there is an impressive and unusually large Victorian greenhouse, containing plants including semi tropical species from the mountains of the Canary Islands, plus peach trees, ancient grape vines and a variety of hothouse flora from around the world.


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Owners Jeremy and Priscilla Smith-Bingham will conduct tours of their grounds, which includes a visit to the nearby Catholic church, built in the 1960s on the site where the founding saint of Braunton, St Brannock, was said to have lived.

Beside the modern church is a total immersion holy well, used for baptisms and thought to be at least 400 years old.

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"The greenhouse was built it he middle part of the 10th century and has been renovated since then," said Jeremy.

"It was intended as an indoor garden rather than a place to nurture plants. It's a superb greenhouse and was very well thought out, a really interesting structure and well worth seeing."

The manor, whose oldest part was built 800 years ago, is owned by Diana and John Bury, who have kindly agreed to open it up for the afternoon.

Along with its grounds and the rare chance to see the exterior of the old buildings, Buckland Manor has a large and delightful traditional walled Victorian kitchen garden.

There is ample parking at the manor and cream teas, homemade cakes and a stall will be on offer throughout the afternoon. Entry is �3 for adults and under 16s go free. Dogs are allowed and there is limited wheelchair access. Email mail@stbrannocks.com for further information.

To get to the event, turn off the A361 on the outskirts of Braunton (on the Ilfracombe side,) taking the road beside the village fire station, up the hill towards Georgeham. The stone pillared entrance to Buckland Manor is approximately 350 yards up the hill on the right.

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