Start House and Watergate Cottage

Two beautiful open gardens comprising of wonderful views, lawn borders, woodland and water features.

Tall purple flowers

25 June 2023


Entrance fee:
£8 per adult, children go free
1.30pm - 4.30pm
Garden owners:
Start House: Mr Justin Haque and Ms Katy Bowen 
Watergate Cottage: Mrs Catherine Palmer

For all enquiries, please get in touch with us by email:

We hope this garden will re-open in the future. Please keep checking this page for more details.


Start House is situated just outside Slapton. It is a hillside garden that enjoys wonderful views over Start Valley, and Slapton Ley with the sea beyond. Extending over approximately 3 acres, comprising of terraces, lawns borders, and a number of paths to explore woodland and water gardens below, bounded by Start stream.

Watergate Cottage started in 2017 with three fantastic Chinese birch trees, two streams and a pond. This has since been developed into a Hartley Botanic greenhouse, raised vegetable and fruit gardens. A spring has been harnessed for watering. The planting is hellebores, bearded iris, old roses and clipped box.

Event information


Start House


Please follow satellite navigation to START SLAPTON TQ7 2QD and local signage on the day.


  • refreshments
  • plant stall