Docton Mill
Wild Flower Gardens Barnstaple
North Devon EX39 6EA.
Docton Mill Gardens and Tea Room in North Devon is picture-postcard perfect. There are many delightful gardens and tea rooms in Devon but this one is extra special.
The stone watermill and its whitewashed mill house are set in a beautiful wooded valley just 110 yards (100 metres) from the coast. The river and wood are home to a variety of shy and rare wildlife such as badgers, otters, water voles and dormice. If you are quiet when walking through the grounds you may be lucky enough to see some.
Water Mill
A mill is known to have been on the site since Saxon times. The mill leat (stream), head weir and terrace have been traced back to the early 10th century. At that time the use of water power to mill ever increasing quantities of grain was new technology.
There is something very romantic about a dripping waterwheel slowly turning in a rural setting.
Food & Drink
Delicious lunches and cream teas are available at the mill house. On fine summer days they are served on the terrace overlooking the pretty cottage garden. If it is cold or raining, meals are served in the dining room warmed by an open fire. The food served is homemade, all sourced locally or grown in the mill’s own vegetable garden.
Wildflower Gardens 
The Wild Flower Gardens are planted to include the natural surroundings. In spring there are displays of narcissi, primulas, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas with bluebells covering the woods. The riverside walk is knee-deep in bluebells, narcissi and wild garlic.
In summer the roses are in flower, as are 140 metres of Herbaceous borders. The field is planted with 25 varieties of magnolia and you never know what fascinating creatures you will see in the Bog Garden and the wildlife pond.
Opening Times
Open:  March - October:  10:00 - 17:00
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Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1237 441 369
Website  Docton Mill Gardens    External Link
Getting There
- By Car from Clovelly Village
Take the first right hand turning after the roundabout. Follow the signs for Hartland and Stoke. You will see the brown tourist signs with the flower, follow these to the Mill.
- By Car from Bude
Pass the West Country Inn on the A39. At the top of the hill take the left hand turning bearing off the main road. Crossing the moor take the first left turn for Elmscott. Keep an eye out for the brown tourist signs with the flower, follow these to the Mill.
- By Car from London
From the M25 London Ring Road, exit at Junction 4B onto M4 to Bristol and South Wales. At Junction 20, take M5 south past Weston-Super-Mare, Bridgewater and Taunton to Junction27. Exit at junction 27 westward on the A361 to Barnstaple.
At Barnstaple take the A39 south through Northam to Clovelly.
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