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Mothecombe Gardens

For 2014, the gardens at Mothecome are open from 2pm to 5pm on the following dates;

- 14th September in aid of St Luke’s Hospice
- 19th October in aid of the Holbeton Church fund CANCELLED

Come and enjoy the walled gardens with their fruit trees and flower borders. The vegetable garden is newly planted with bee friendly flowers. The orchard leads down past flowering shrubs & streams to the bog garden, and Mothecombe pond. The camellia walk leads through a mass of bluebells and down to the sandy shore. Tea & cake will be available in the kitchen of Mothecombe House and entry is £5.

We welcome larger organised groups (of 10 or more) to enjoy the gardens at Mothecombe by appointment only. Please contact the office for more information on this.

Anne Mildmay-White is also offering organised tours of Mothecombe House for groups of 10 or more by appointment only. For more information please call the office.

Mothecombe Gardens lie at the mouth of the Erme estuary, surrounded by the Flete Estate. You approach the garden through the hamlet of Mothecombe, which consists of fifteen thatched estate cottages. It is like stepping back in time.

Mothecombe House is a Queen Anne house with additions by Sir Edwin Lutyens. On the south front is a walled garden with Lutyens Terraces with wisteria, irises and agapanthus, and a lawn with herbaceous borders. A door leads to an orchard underplanted with daffodils, with a camellia walk to the woodland garden. Here the camellias, magnolias and cherries give way to rhododendrons, hydrangeas and mixed shrubs. These are underplanted with masses of snowdrops and hellebores followed by Solomon's seal and sheets of bluebells as spring advances. Round the corner you suddenly hear the sea, and can access the private beach through a wicket gate.


Returning along the bottom path you pass a pond with a giant gunnera opposite masses more hellebores and snowdrops, and a thicket of brilliant willow and cornus planted to catch the low winter sunshine, followed by pieris forestii and deciduous azaleas. The next blaze of colour is in the bog garden, with masses of cool green ferns and huge arum lilies, skunk cabbage, iris, primulas, astilbes and hostas. In June, there is a dramatic display of flowering cornus above the bog garden.

Later in the year, grassy paths lead through shrub roses up to the Duchess' Walk and hazel tunnel to Mothecombe Grove and the Autumn garden and back between two pillars of eucryphia x nymansensis which absolutely hum with bees in August.

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Anne Mildmay-White tells us about the success of the bee garden at Mothecombe House – CLICK HERE to read more 

Contact Us

The Flete Estate Office,
Haye Farm, Holbeton,
South Hams,
South Devon,

Telephone: 01752 830234