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The Rock, garden, caves, nursery and tea rooms


Welcome to the web site of the Rock Gardens, set in the picturesque setting of the old Palace Quarry. There are about 8 acres of wild gardens, ponds, a rock walk with lovely views from the top, a small but attractive illuminated cave with interesting formations, a cosy tea room, and a camp site for up to five motor homes or caravans and ten tents. There are electric hook ups and a waste disposal area.

Features in and around the garden include:

· Waterfall and caves
· Spectacular maidenhair tree (Ginko Biloba)
· Parkland landscaped by Capability Brown
· Views over Dartmoor
· Proximity to Ugbrooke House
· Tea room and curio and antique shop
· Tree Ferns
· Fine Garden Walk
· Pond and grotto containing fine specimens of Koi and Carp

The Rock Garden is a unique hidden garden, sympathetically landscaped to maintain its wild nature and peaceful atmosphere. Set in extensive limestone quarries, very near to Ugbrooke House, the gardens have planted dells and an illuminated cave, all nestling at the base of the impressive outcrop of Chudleigh Rock. The whole area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest protected for the abundance of wildlife, scenic value, rare plants and insects and its illusive waterfall and caves.

The Waterfall
The Ginko
View Towards Dartmoor

Hellebore
Formation Lit Cave
The Grotto

Your garden walk, which starts at the tea shop, takes you past the cyclamen, Ginko Biloba, the rock garden with its water splashing from pool to pool, to the pond with its fine Koi Orfe and Mirror Carp, the Grotto with its fossilized sponge in the rock above, and the start of the rock walk and view of Dartmoor.

The Pond
The Fossil Sponge
From Top Rock Walk

Returning to the pond, taking the steps to the left of the grotto will lead you into the garden with all its delights for you to discover. Having explored the gardens and illuminated cave a further walk up steps and over the grassy plateaux will take you via a gateway into the Clifford Estate. Here by courtesy of Lord Clifford you will be able to walk to the top of the Rock, visit Cow Cave (you will need a torch for seeing in the cave) and then returning to the gateway descend a path to the glen waterfall. Immediately before Cow Cave, you will pass Pixie Cave which is gated to protect the colony of Greater Horseshoe bats which live there.

Cow Cave
Pixie Cave
The Glen Waterfall
The Cyclamen
The Rockery and Rock
View From Top of Rock

Sadly circumstances have forced the closing of the Nursery, but all the above attractions are still there for your enjoyment. The tea shop is now in the very capable hands of Rosie Parkes, where you will find a warm welcome and good home cooked food. She will also take care of your entry and guide to the gardens and caves. The current opening hours for the tea rooms are from 10 a.m to 4 p.m on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Tea Rooms will be open until Decenber 22nd and will re-open at Easter. You may enjoy All day Breakfast, Light lunches, Soups, Quiches, Scrumptious puddings and cakes plus a must The traditional Devon Cream Tea. There is also a Christmas Gift Shop and to give Parents a break children may colour for free.

Mr Bruce or Mr John Boulton are usually available to take you to see the camp site which is set up under the umbrella of the Camping and Caravan club and details may be found in their big sites book under Certificated Sites for Chudleigh. Rosie will take orders from any customer still wishing to have Wreaths or Christmas Trees from Mr Boulton subject to availability. Please order before November 30th.

The cider press has been removed for renovation and when restored will be on view at Canonteign Falls.

We hope that you have enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing again in the near future.

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