My daughter and I have been visiting Tapeley for a number of years now and for the last two have had annual passes so we can visit when we wanted to when we visited North Devon on holiday. We have now moved into the area so intend to visit even more often. The house is not open simply because it is a family home. The views from the car park and the monument are fantastic. The gardens are well kept but not regimented, so we consider them to be more natural than some of the formal gardens we have visited, which we like. The food in the café is lovely and fresh, using a lot of home grown food. There is plenty to see, including the lake and the permaculture garden, as well as the "formal" gardens and the kitchen garden. You could spend a whole day just sitting and relaxing in the peace and quiet. We find that the car park can be quite full, but sometimes you hardly see anyone. The welcome from the lady in the shop is always friendly, and she will always point you in the right direction about where to go and what to see. I would recommend a visit with hesitation.
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