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Thorn 4401


The site has a 19th-century riverside terraced garden, which was further developed in the 1920s. The gardens have been restored since 1981.

The drive leads to a formal circle in front of the house. Long terraces run parallel with the river from the conservatory at the back of the house. The slopes below and above these are planted informally but choice and tender species are found throughout.
  • Garden Terrace
  • Description: Long terraces run parallel with the river.
  • House (featured building)
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Conservatory, Rose Garden
Visitor Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The house and garden are open for corporate events and are open to the public by appointment.

Civil Parish

  • Wembury
  • The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building
  • Grade: II
  • Local Listing or Building of Local Importance
  • Reference: Coastal Preservation Area


Thorn has an early-19th century house on an older site.

Detailed History

Thorn has an early-19th century house on an older site. A later extension along the main terrace wall was subsequently demolished.

In 1920 William Arkwright brought urns from Sutton Scarsdale Hall to enhance his terraced garden. The design reflected his previous house, including the rose garden and the gateway at the far end of the main terrace.

After his death in 1925, Mrs Sebag-Montefiore continued to plant rare specimens, some of which are now champions. The Gibsons have splendidly restored and enhanced the garden since 1981, despite massive storm damage in 1990.




  • Devon Gardens Trust