Houses, gardens & castles around Tavistock, Devon & Cornwall

Grand stately homes & centuries-old gardens are dotted all over Devon and Cornwall. And there’s always the world famous Eden Project…

Meet at under the arch at the Guildhall in Tavistock

Explore Tavistock

Tavistock is a beautiful and friendly town that is worthy of any visitor, the ancient stannary town possesses world heritage status setting this town apart. The vibrancy and uniqueness of Tavistock is undeniable with a a range of beautiful local independent shops. Don’t miss the famous pannier market, full of fantastic stalls and beautiful crafts. Tavistock has  wonderful architecture, unique shops and amazing locally produced food. Tavistock is well worth a visit. 

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Cotehele House and Quay (National Trust)

This is a fortified medieval house and richly planted garden with a quay, mill and variety of woodland walks, a mile or so riverside walk from Calstock.

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The Garden House

This is 8 acres of glorious gardens, including a two-acre walled garden, with some wonderful panoramic views over stunning South Devon landscape. Teas and light lunches are served in the house.

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Buckland Abbey (National Trust)

This is a 13th century abbey, later converted into the home of Sir Francis Drake. Explore the legendary life of Sir Francis Drake and the Armada.

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Castle Drogo (National Trust)

The castle and grounds are lovely to visit, and during the school holidays there are all sorts of fun and adventurous activities going on for the little’uns.

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Lydford Castle and Saxon Town

Beautifully sited on the fringe of Dartmoor, Lydford boasts three defensive features. Near the centre is a 13th-century tower on a mound, built as a prison. To the south is an earlier Norman earthwork castle: to the north, Saxon town defences.

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Finch Foundry (National Trust)

This is an early 19th century forge, powered by three water wheels, which produced sickles, scythes and shovels for both agriculture and mining.

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Distillery Tour

Plymouth Gin!! Ooooh! Yum, yum! Plymouth Gin is the only English gin still made at its original distillery. The Black Friars Distillery in Plymouth, the oldest working English distillery – since 1793.

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Saltram House (National Trust)

This is an exquisitely furnished and decorated 18th century mansion set in a period garden and 500 acre landscaped park.

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Launceston Castle

Set on a large natural mound, Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest, its focus is an unusual 13th century round tower keep built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, inside an earlier circular shell-keep.

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Lanhydrock House and Gardens

The grandest and most welcoming house in Cornwall, set in 450 acres of woods and parkland running down to the Fowey river and encircled by formal and woodland gardens, lovely in all seasons.

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Tintagel Castle

Its wonderful location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offers dramatic views. Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery; said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, you can still visit the nearby Merlin’s Cave.

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Okehampton Castle

14th century ruins, once the largest castle in Devon. Although ruined, the gravity defying keep still stands tall in its tranquil setting of woodland and with a river running past.

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Dartmouth Castle

It stands in a superb waterside location, guarding the entrance to the Dart estuary. Magnificent battlement views and a fascinating history make the castle the perfect venue for a great day out.

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Totnes Castle

Over 900 years old. On a hilltop with super views over the river Dart. Worth a visit when visiting the lovely town of Totnes.

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RHS Rosemoor

Whatever the season, the garden is a unique and enchanting place that people return to time and time again to find ideas and inspiration.

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Lost Gardens of Heligan

These gardens have been in existence for more than 400 years. This makes a really full day out. Enjoy The Jungle, the productive gardens, the Lost Valley, Farm Walk and the pleasure grounds.

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The Eden Project

The famous biomes, tropical and Mediterranean gardens built in an old used up quarry. Plans for a new building to house a desert landscape in a ‘bowed tennis racket shape’!

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Internationally known gardens with over 700 different varieties of rhododendrons, camellias, blue hydrangeas and specimen conifers. 50 acres in all.

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Trelissick (National Trust)

This tranquil garden and estate is renowned for its glorious position at the head of Carrick Roads, with panoramic views down the estuary towards Falmouth and the sea.

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Glendurgan Gardens (National Trust)

Set in a wooded valley dropping steeply to the hamlet of Durgan on the shore of the beautiful Helford estuary, Glendurgan is one of the great sub-tropical gardens of the South West.

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Morwellham Quay

This is a 1000-year-old riverside village, port and mine set in 200 acres that have been restored and brought back to life. This is just 3 miles from Woodovis.

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Golden Hind Museum Ship

There’s so much to see and explore above and below the five decks of the Golden Hind Museum Ship in Brixham, with many hands on-exhibits, giving visitors of all ages a wonderful insight into life aboard Sir Francis Drake’s Tudor galleon.

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What our customers say:

Perfect location, great staff

My family and I visited Woodovis for a break and what a lovely location and park this is the staff couldn’t do enough for us and the facilities was amazing (pool & hot tub) with COVID measures in place. That also bake fresh bread and croissants that the kids loved for breakfast. We will be back for another holiday here.

Tripadvisor.co.uk 2020


Just had a fantastic 10 night stay at Woodovis, lovely welcome from all the staff. The site is very clean and well run, quiet location, plenty of space. In our view this site easily beats competitors including the biggest organizations in Britain, they could learn from Woodovis.

Tripadvisor.co.uk 2020

Five star park. We stayed here in our caravan and were more than impressed with this site and the friendly helpful staff. The site is well situated and spotlessly clean and well kept. Ample facilities including heated indoor pool and hot tub, plenty of hot showers and washing up facilities. The park is visited by Poppins mobile bar, the hog roast & pizza van several times a week. Fresh bread is available to order in the shop which has a good selection of all essential supplies. I will definitely be back. Tripadvisor.co.uk 2020

Lovely quiet and well maintained site

First visit to Woodovis Park. Excellent location for exploring Dartmoor and Cornwall. Very friendly and helpful owners and all staff. Very clean and well maintained site in peaceful setting. Have booked for 2021! Would recommend to friends.


Tripadvisor.co.uk 2020

Fantastic – one of the best sites we have stayed on. The caravan was lovely and checking in was easy and felt very safe. Loved the freshly baked bread every morning - a real treat. Pop up bar was run by two lovely girls very friendly and helpful re places to go. Hog roast man turned up on Friday and the sandwiches were beautiful. Lovely pool. All the site staff were very friendly, helpful & keep everywhere immaculate. Every part of the whole park was well looked after. Tripadvisor.co.uk 2020

Wonderful retreat

We checked in yesterday and were bowled over by the very warm and welcoming greeting. This site is run by a lovely family the facilities are amazing and our caravan is first class. The site itself is beautiful and very serine altogether first class and I would highly recommend.

Tripadvisor.co.uk 2018

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