A piece of history

Walled Garden

Old Bridwell retained the original walled garden from Bridwell Park Estate when it was separated in the late 1980s.  The hamlet was was the home farm estate and the walled garden was fully productive producing  much of the food for the main estate.  

Today it is half the size of the original with half of the garden now privately owned by Thatched Gables and what remains other than a small but highly productive allotment is laid to wandering paths, espaliers and cordons of Apples and Pears and ornamental box hedging and beds.  It is a full time recreation area and habitat to the local birdlife who are happy to share with our guests.  A truly magical space to relax, observe our feathered neighbours, read a book, take coffee or a glass and wander or hide from more energetic members of your party in some of the hidden seating areas.   Pyjamas are accepted attire, picnics, yoga, medicinal gin and tonics, photography and ‘therapeutic’ weeding are all actively encouraged! 

If life dictates that you can’t slow to our pace, many of our guests travelling for business opt to use the walled garden as their office whilst they are with us and say they have done some of their best work connected to our hamlet wide wifi, away from the usual distractions of the office. 

However you use this space, it’s an amazing corner of our piece of Devon.

Testimonials and reviews

Stories from recent stays

My daughter booked a cottage at Old Bridwell on my behalf as she was due to be married on the 28th May 2020, unfortunately due to Covid-19 like many others we had to cancel. Since then we have received endless promises by Steve the General Manager that the deposits would be refunded in full only to find nothing happens. He comes over as a really nice guy just wanting to help but in reality dealing with him is like something you see on Watch Dog. I definitely would NOT RECOMMEND.
We had booked to stay at Old Bridwell for our wedding in May 2020, unfortunately due to Covid-19 everything had to be cancelled. The manager Steve promised a full refund on all 4 of the cottages we had booked, however 3 months later after endless false promises and excuses from him, we still have not received any refund. I would certainly not recommend Old Bridwell.
It was lovely and the pop up coffee shop was most enjoyable, also we had a lovely walk around the grounds
Stunning! Cottages were immaculate and extremely well equipped. Lots of extra touches that made the stay very special. The cream tea and welcome basket of groceries were delicious. We were in one of several cottages hired for a large wedding party and it made a fabulous base from which we could all celebrate this special occasion. Could not recommend highly enough
A wonderful place to stay, with so much history, extremely friendly managers and excellent hosts!!! So many places to see from a great spot!!! And dog friendly too!! What.more is there to ask??
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