Join us for our free Open Garden event at Shilstone on Tuesday 20th September from 11am – 3pm.

Visitors are invited to explore parts of Shilstone’s incredible historic gardens, namely the North-Eastern Terraces giving stunning views across the house, the family’s private gardens and down into the valley, and the valley itself with medieval fishponds, rills and cascades. You will also be able to see the Grotto and remains of the only known 17th century Italianate Water Theatre in the UK during your wander.

The Devon Rural Archive will also be open so that you can view current exhibitions, browse our second hand book stall and chat with our team about the history of your house! 

Access to the Gardens and the Archive is free of charge. 

Whilst on site you may also like to enjoy some delicious treats from Polly Ann’s mobile country kitchen in the Archive courtyard. Polly Ann’s provides scrumptious, locally sourced, hot and cold food from a converted horse box.

Please note that the gardens include steep slopes, rough ground and steps. Well-behaved dogs on leads are permitted in the gardens only. 

At 2pm you can also take a peek behind closed doors on a Guided Tour of Shilstone House with our resident archaeologist Abigail Gray. Limited tickets available on the day from the Archive. 

*The boards below are just a sample of what Polly Ann’s can offer and other treats will be available.*

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Devon Rural Archive, Shilstone, Modbury, Devon, PL21 0TW

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