Kia-ora Farm and Gardens, Cullompton, Devon
The 15 acres at Kia-ora Farm and Gardens are a joy to visit; a serendipitous hour or two, helped along by the backdrop of the glorious Devon countryside. Peace and quiet, immense skies and bountiful fresh air. It’s one of those gardens that has a uniqueness in that there are surprises round every corner, so it leads you on and on, it’s enticing. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the Nursery Avenue where you can see the likes of Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Muffet among the horticultural delights. And then you stop and think how amazing it is that this previously wild and abandoned space was tamed as a result of just one woman’s dream. It started as a hobby and soon became a full time job; as the garden evolved so the wildlife came to live amongst the lakes and ponds, the extensively planted flower beds, the vast sweeping lawns and the bog garden. There’s even a waterwheel and a mill, not something your average garden has, but then, this is no average garden.
So potter around, enjoy it all and round off your visit with a spot of crazy golf and something this part of the world is famous for – a proper Devon Cream tea; homemade scones with lashings of jam and unctuous clotted cream.
Kia-ora Farm and Gardens are open to the public on a regular basis in the summer months in conjunction with The National Gardens Scheme.
T: 01884 32347 (before 6.30pm) All information correct at the time of writing