HOTEL ENDSLEIGH: SPRING BLOOM

Situated in the West Country and 3 hours away from London,  Hotel Endsleigh is a Grade I historic house, set in 100 acres of fairytale woodland, follies and grottos created by Humphry Repton, the great landscape designer of the 18th century.
The Duke of Bedford, who owned a third of Devon, chose this spot for his fishing and hunting lodge hidden on the edge of the Dartmoor, overlooking the river Tamar and beyond into Cornwall.

Repton’s success was largely due to the persuasive manner in which his proposals were presented to his clients, using his famous “Red Books”, so called because of the colour of the binding. The book took the form of a manuscript text interspersed with drawings, often with movable flaps showing the grounds before and after the improvement.

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For a truly unique experience we arranged a private tour of the gardens with the head gardener Ben Ruscombe-King, who lead us to explain the history behind 200 years of curating exotic plants , whilst pointing out the less obvious and the more unusual wildlife.

Giant rhubarbs was brought from South America back in the day.

People used to make wishes and hang them on trees.

River Tamar forms the border between Devon and Cornwall.

The 100 meters long Rose Walk.

 


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