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Goodnestone Park Gardens

Goodnestone Park Gardens covers roughly fifteen acres of the Estate and includes a large variety of trees, plants and shrubs. All of the areas are open to visitors who will be able to appreciate the seasonal colours and scents, and many of the plants are available to buy in the Nursery. There are various public footpaths that lead into the Wider Estate including the famous Serpentine Walk. Visitors should allow several hours to enjoy the full splendour of the estate.

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The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden

Considered by many to be the highlight of a visit to Goodnestone Park, the walled garden has a central view through a succession of walled enclosures to the 12th-century church beyond. The walls are dotted with lichens, mosses, and plants, such as ivy-leaved toadflax and yellow stonecrop, all of which indicate their old age. Many of the walls underwent careful restoration in the 1960s and 70s and remain a stunning sight today.

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Goodnestone House

Goodnestone House

The house at Goodnestone Park is a Queen Anne style mansion. It has undergone many architectural changes since it was first built in 1704 by Sir Brook Bridges. His descendants have remodelled the house throughout the years. One such descendant married an ancestor of the current Lord FitzWalter in 1756. Today, the house and estate remain in the hands of the FitzWalter family, who continue to oversee its management.

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The Nursery

The Nursery

Over the gardening year, we produce many plants using a range of propagation techniques. Come springtime, our large greenhouse is overflowing with seedlings and cuttings. These are destined for the garden or sold in our nursery.

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Arboretum and Gravel Garden

Arboretum and Gravel Garden

Two arboreta or collections of trees and shrubs, can be found within the gardens. In addition to their horticultural interest, they provide a beautiful display as their leaves take on their autumnal colours. Dotted amongst these arboreta, and elsewhere in the garden, old stately trees can be discovered, especially gnarled and characterful sweet chestnut trees.

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The Parterre & Terrace

The Parterre & Terrace

With its Queen Anne facade, the eastern side of the house overlooks a wide expanse of lawn bisected by a central gravel path. The stone steps descend to a lower terrace and a box parterre planted to celebrate the Millennium. Avenues of yews, cut into conical shapes, run along both terraces. The formal character of this part of the garden compliments the architecture of the house and allows for clear views of the estate beyond.

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The Woodland Garden

The Woodland Garden

The semi-natural woodland garden at Goodnestone Park is a haven for nature lovers. It makes the ideal location for a wellness retreat as it provides a pleasant contrast to the more formal areas of the garden.

Paths weave in almost random directions through mature oak and sweet chestnut woodland and sometimes lead to grass clearings.

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Old Dairy Café

Old Dairy Café

As the name suggests, the Old Dairy Café can be found in one of the original Estate Dairies. Converted in 2017, it has retained the original features of the building. The café team is headed up by chef Chris Larman and his partner Sue, both local to the area.

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BACKGROUND OF THE GARDENS

The grounds have seen many changes since Brook Bridges purchased Goodnestone Park in 1704. Not long after this, the formal gardens were first laid out on the grounds around the house, and the rest as they say is history.

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CONSERVATION & WILDLIFE

The gardens and surrounding estate have always supported many native plants and animals. Sustainable management of the gardens is a core element of the estate and we are doing all we can to increase this natural diversity within the garden.

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Gardeners

The gardens are managed by Head Gardener Paul Bagshaw and his team of dedicated gardeners and volunteers. They have implemented a number of sustainability practices and encouraged natural diversity with the plants and wildlife.

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Opening Times

The Gardens are open seven days a week, 10 am to 4 pm. Please note the grounds immediately around the mansion will be closed to garden visitors when the house is occupied. Tickets are available from the Old Dairy Café