It was a hot sticky August Bank Holiday and we were looking for somewhere we could relax and unwind. I remembered reading about Burrow Farm Gardens and thought it might fit the bill for an hour or so. In fact it was so relaxing that we lost all track of time and ended up staying for the rest of the day!

At Burrow farm we discovered a series of connected gardens, each with their own surprises; some tranquil, cool and shady, others bright, sunny and bursting with colour. This peaceful oasis is the result of over 55 years work, a genuine labour of love by the Benger family.

Mid afternoon we took a break from our wanderings to visit the tea rooms and linger over coffee and home made cakes. There we met the resident robins hopping around the tables hoovering up cake crumbs.

Burrow Farm is known as ‘East Devon’s Secret Garden’. It’s a mystery to me why this beautiful place isn’t better known (although I have to say that I’m glad it wasn’t crowded). So, if you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the popular coastal resorts, we can recommend escaping to Burrow Farm Gardens.

What we found at Burrow Farm:

  • Around 13 acres of connected gardens including a rose garden, wild flower meadow, grasses garden, woodland pond, a small lake, and an azalea glade.
  • Numerous carefully positioned benches and sheltered places to sit and admire the planting and views of the Devon countryside.
  • A tea room where we had delicious home made cakes in a sunny courtyard. They also serve traditional Devon cream teas and light lunches.
  • A nursery where they sell many of the plants that we saw growing in the gardens.
  • A small gift shop stocking locally sourced preserves, crafts and accessories for garden lovers.

If you’re planning a visit:

Opening times: 10am to 6pm from the end of March to the end of October.

Prices: at the time of writing (2016) the entrance fee is £7 for an adult, £1 for a child.

Where to find it: Burrow Farm is near Dalwood, signposted from the A35 Axminster to Honiton road. Postcode for your sat nav – EX13 7ET.

Contact them: telephone 01404 831285.

Find out more about them on their website: www.burrowfarmgardens.co.uk

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