A May walk around Buckland Abbey, near Yelverton, Devon.
Buckland Abbey was once a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1278 until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. It was a home to Sir Francis Drake for 15 years and his descendants lived there until the 1940’s. Now it is in the safe hands of the National Trust. The house itself is home to a museum with interesting artifacts, including Drake’s Drum and more recently a self portrait of Rembrandt. The gardens and larger estate are a delight at any time of year but especially in spring. There are way marked routes around the estate and different gardens to explore at a leisurely pace.
Above: The Elizabethan Garden
Above right: the Great Barn
Above: May is the perfect month to enjoy the Wisteria and Azaleas around the gardens
The Cider House Garden
The Secret Garden and Wild Garden
Views Around The Surrounding Estate
The Kitchen Garden (at its best in mid-summer)
And after your gentle stroll around the gardens have tea and cake in the cafe and browse the gift shop. There is also good selection of well established plants for sale.