Kingston House is the embodiment of early eighteenth century architecture and is considered by many historians to be the finest surviving Georgian gentlemen’s residence in Devon. The elegant house is complemented with a series of gardens, some interconnecting rooms that have been sympathetically restored and planted according to popular tastes of the period. 

Court Garden (also known as the 'card garden')

The original owner of Kingston was a keen cards player and this is reflected in the layout of the Court Garden with each suit (clubs,hearts,diamonds and spades) being represented in the design. 

Parterre Garden 

The design is an amalgamation of 18th Century ideas but the infilling of the small borders with tulips is inspired by the Dutch. The tulips popular at the time were not simple one colour varieties but brightly hued red and yellow parrot tulips. 

South Garden 

The South Garden features a pleached lime walk which is being grown as a feature of the main lawn area, whilst the other side of the garden begins with the wild flower garden, (a riot of primroses, snowdrops, narcissi, bluebells, pink campion, wild garlic and wild daffodils). Walking towards the house you will pass the remains of a 17th Century threshing barn, now part of the walled vegetable garden, with the doorway providing a tantalising glimpse of the formal design of the vegetable garden beyond. The south aspect of the house is graced with the magnificent Wisteria Sinensis with Rosa Banksii resplendent in spring and an enormous yew hedge cut narrow at the top and broader at the base so that heavy snow fall does not damage the tree, an arch giving onto the formal Rose Garden, completing the symmetry of the South Garden. 

Walled Garden

The walls are Grade II listed from the early 18th Century. They are made from a stone structure faced on the inside with red brick arches to encourage warmth and ripening of the fruit. The walls are topped with an unusual slated roof with small entrances for the resident Jackdaws, which were reinstated in 1992.The espaliered fruit trees - nectarines, apricots, plums, pears and apples are interspersed with climbing roses and clematis. The flower beds are planted with species which date back to 18th Century English gardens, for example Paeonia, Solidago, Sedum, Dianthus, Lavandula and Chierianthus. There is a beech hedge (Fagus sylvatica) separating the Rose and Walled Garden.

Rose Garden 

The Rose Garden was used by one of the previous owners of the estate as a fruit garden. It was decided to change it to a rose garden in the fashion of the 19th Century and the plan drawn up consisted of a fan of 8 beds with centre piece, each one planted with a different David Austen rose. This left space for two larger rectangular beds giving 10 beds in all. 

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