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“Quirky and Inspiring”
Review of Stone Lane Gardens

Stone Lane Gardens
Ranked #46 of 92 things to do in Exeter
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Reviewed July 12, 2015

Stone Lane gardens is an unexpected delight. After walking through a small birch plantation and farm you enter the sculpture gardens and a series of unusual, beautiful and downright odd encounters ensue. As you wander round the lovely garden, among the plants and trees and in clearings are sculptures, carvings and metal objects from shoebox size to larger than life. They peek out from bushes and in ponds, stand on tree stumps and plinths, dangle from trees and make a magical couple of hours of discoveries. I have returned to the same exhibition (they change each year) with another guest and found many exhibits that I missed the first time around; so take the time to get into the nooks and crannies and really for what is there. The garden is worth visiting in its own right - it is not formal but the boggy/wet areas and little paths and bridges are resplendent with plants and flowers both wild and introduced.

3  Thank Kerry C
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Reviewed June 10, 2015

This place is a brilliant small arboretum, with the added attraction of sculptures dotted about. There are also geese and chickens. If you love small trees especially with lovely bark you'll love this place

2  Thank Carole M
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Reviewed May 25, 2015

Have been here several times and at different times of the year. Always a lovely place to spend your time, well worth the trip if you want somewhere peaceful with great sculptures and art

3  Thank kdwuk
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Reviewed September 5, 2014

We made the trip from Cornwall to visit nearby Chagford and Castle Drogo and I noticed this on the map. I'm so glad that we decided to investigate. The gardens are approached up a narrow country lane (and I'm used to Cornish lanes) and the set up is neither polished nor commercial. However, the sculptures are amazing. The gardens are unusual, woodland, fields, boggy areas all accessed by meandering paths. Interspersed amongst the foliage are metal, wood and stone sculptures of everything and anything, any art lovers delight.
We were enchanted by our twilight visit and wished we had allowed more time to experience the garden. I spent the entire visit oooh-ing and ahhh-ing as each new sculpture was discovered. Definitely not suitable for the unsure of foot or very young children but I can't wait to go back.

3  Thank Tracy O
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

This quiet woodland garden is well worth a visit if you are in the area (e.g. visiting Castle Drogo). A fairly small area of open woodland with interesting underplanting and ponds. There is also some artwork, mainly consisting of slightly tacky giant flowers but a few nicer pieces - make sure you pick up an art guide as well as the guide to the gardens. I had a lot of difficulty relating the map in the guide to what was on the ground but that might be me.

2  Thank danceclothears
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