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HER Number:MDV112402
Name:Plaz Metaxu Garden, Coombe House

Summary

A fine example of modern landscape design, there are three linked walled gardens behind the house, and In front of the house, water flows from a pool, through a canal to a lake, with views out to fields beyond from the dam.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 794 139
Map Sheet:SS71SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWitheridge
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWITHERIDGE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GARDEN (XX - 1901 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon Gardens Trust, 1999, Devon Local Register (Un-published). SDV170167.

Listed under contemporary gardens.


Keep, C. + Clark, J., 2013, Coombe House/Plaz Metaxu (Un-published). SDV358459.

The Plaz Metaxu Garden at Coombe House has been included on the Devon Local Register of Historic Parks and Gardens because the gardens are a particularly fine example of modern landscape design. The garden has been described as 'one of the most original gardens made in Britain in recent times’ and ' Devon's most exciting garden'. The design and planting are considered by many, including The Royal Horticultural Society, to be of national significance.

The garden has been created by Alasdair Forbes since 1992 in a Devon coombe running east-west. The influences include Greek mythology, poetry and post-Jungian psychology, coupled with a deep knowledge of plants and their habits. There are three linked walled gardens behind the house. In front of the house, water flows from a pool, through a canal to a lake, with views out to fields beyond from the dam. A broad green walk runs along the floor of the valley and the slopes are incorporated within the total concept. The subtleties of conception, planting, use of space and sculpture in the widest sense makes this garden of exceptional importance.


Devon Gardens Trust, 2013, Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest (Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns). SDV354335.


Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV170167Un-published: Devon Gardens Trust. 1999. Devon Local Register. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV354335Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns: Devon Gardens Trust. 2013. Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest. Historic Parks and Gardens - Register and Local List. Digital.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #71800 ]
SDV358459Un-published: Keep, C. + Clark, J.. 2013. Coombe House/Plaz Metaxu. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV36000Related to: Coombe House, Witheridge (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 3 2015 9:20AM