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Castle Hill was built in 1730 as Earl Fortescue’s family home. The current custodians are the 15th generation of the Fortescue family to live in the Palladian house.

Set in magnificent 18th-century parkland with many original follies, statues and temples, a sham castle and Triumphal Arch. The woodland gardens are abundantly planted with magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, eucryphias and many rare trees. Formal gardens include the Millennium Garden and a Topiary water sculpture by Giles Rayner.

The steep walk up to the Castle reveals unsurpassed views to Exmoor, Dartmoor and beyond. We also have an excellent all weather tearoom open during the season serving home cooked food. Dogs on leads welcome. 

Today’s opening hours

31st March - 27th October 2019 11am to 5pm, (4pm outside of these dates). Closed on Saturdays all year round.



Gardens open all year Sunday to Friday (closed Saturdays).

31st March - 27th October 2019 11am to 5pm, (4pm outside of these dates). Closed on Saturdays all year round.

November to March from 11am to 4pm.

The tea room is open between April and October.

Find Us
Find us

Leave A361 at roundabout west of South Molton on to the B3226. Follow brown signs to Castle Hill Gardens, follow signs to parking for Gardens.

Take a train to Barnstaple and taxi to Filleigh.

Stagecoach bus route 155 from Barnstaple and or South Molton.


Car park on site

  • Free


Historic Houses members visit for free on normal open days.

Adults: £7.00
Seniors: £6.50
Child (5-15): £3.00
Under 5's: free
Groups (20+): £6.00

  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome and refreshments can be provided. 

Please contact us to arrange: 

Marie Tippet


01598 760421

A word from the owner

We tend to the gardens ourselves and very much hope you enjoy your visit.
Lord & Lady Arran

Things to See


Set within 50 acres of stunning landscape, Castle Hill is the most romantic wedding venue.

With a timeless elegance perfectly placed for both a ceremony and reception it is a magical place offering exclusive use for intimate weddings or larger affairs.

Couples can choose from the grandeur of the West Wing in the mansion house or the rustic setting of the Holwell Temple. Both venues are fully licensed and can host from 50 to 150 guests.

A Marquee can be situated on the West Lawn adjacent to the West Wing, covering the fountain and hosting up to 300 guests.

Our comprehensive list of first class caterers offers a range of exceptionally high quality and good value food. Unrivalled photographic opportunities mean Castle Hill is the finest of places to say I do.


  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Accessible parking
  • Bridal suite

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

An exclusive rural conference venue, Castle Hill is the perfect space for companies to motivate and inspire their teams.

The West Wing can host up to 120 delegates with flexible usage. Smaller rooms available on request. 


  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Team building activities
  • Projector and screen
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Plentiful parking
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments

School Visits

We offer visits for primary and secondary schools.