Enjoy a leisurely afternoon with Sarah Marsh, the owner of Coombe Trenchard, who will share her passion for restoring these charming Edwardian gardens.

Your fascinating guided tour will then take you into Coombe Trenchard, a true Arts & Crafts gem with its own unique character.

The house and gardens were designed in 1906 by architect Walter Sarel with terraces, garden buildings, paths and bridges. The house retains many original Arts & Crafts features including an incredible ‘disappearing’ wall, recently discovered in the main hall, and thought to be the only one of its type in the country.

Still a work in progress, forgotten paths, woodland garden, water gardens and the pattern of long forgotten Edwardian planting schemes are being discovered and restored. The house and gardens lie in the heart of West Devon with ever-changing views extending towards Dartmoor. Wander over to the croquet lawn after tea (weather permitting) or simply soak up the historic atmosphere of the sprawling gardens and woodland. Coombe Trenchard’s unique warmth is a true experience and the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon of peace and tranquility.

This property is viewable only through Invitation to View

Tour features

Guided tour of the ground floor of the house and the gardens with owner. 


From Exeter on the A30 after the Okehampton junction take the A386 exit (signposted Tavistock, Bideford). At end of the slip road turn right, then immediately left (signposted Lewdown). In Lewdown turn left for Lewtrenchard and follow the road to the bottom of the hill. Turn right into lane opposite the sign for Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel. Coombe Trenchard can be found 100 yards on the right. From the Launceston direction on the A30 take the Lifton turning, following the road through the town to Lewdown. In Lewdown turn right (approx. 50m past Post Office) for Lewtrenchard and follow the road to the bottom of the hill. Turn right into lane opposite the sign for Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel. Coombe Trenchard can be found 100 yards on the right.


Traditional Devonshire tea, including home-made scones with cream and jam, and cakes served on the beautiful, south-facing terrace after the tour. December tour to include mulled wine on arrival.

Access notes

Easy access to gardens, gravel paths. Ground floor on one level, seats available.


No photography in house please.


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2019 tour dates

  • 18 June
  • 17 July
  • 7 August

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All 2019 tours are £19.00 per person, with a discount for Historic Houses members.

Upcoming events

1 - 2 Jun 2019

The English Country Garden Festival

2019 will be the 8th year of the English Country Garden Festival at Coombe Trenchard which takes place during the weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of June. Join us for an idyllic day in beautiful West Devon!

With over 60 exhibitors & stallholders hand picked from Devon & Cornwall, including plant specialists, artists, furniture makers and traditional games on the lawn.  

There willl be a delicious range of lunches, wonderful home made cakes, cream teas & foodie stalls too. 

NEW for 2019 - we are thrilled to be welcoming the Tamar Historic Transport Club to the festival this year, who will be exhibiting a superb collection of their members classic, vintage and veteran cars.

Admission £6 per adult ~ Children under 14 free

Dogs on leads most welcome  

Free & Plentiful Car Parking on site

Please visit our website for further information.