A South Hams stately home is once again opening its gardens to the public to show off its exotic species and glorious autumn colours.

Lukesland just outside Ivybridge is opening this Sunday, October 8 for the first time, then each Sunday and Wednesday until Sunday, November 12.

Half a mile up Harford Road from Ivybridge, the gardens are a great place to enjoy autumn colour. The shelterbelt of beeches, planted by the Victorians to protect this 24-acre garden from Dartmoor winds, turns a glorious gold, while more exotic species such as acers, cornus and ginkgo reflect their autumn colour in the pools of the Addicombe Brook.

The Howell family, who run Lukesland, serve up seasonal soups and cakes in the tea room, by a woodburner. And children, who can enter free, can enjoy a fun trail around the grounds, exploring the many secret paths and bridges in the woodland valley. Dogs are also welcome on a lead.

For more about Lukesland phone 01752 691749, or visit www.lukesland.co.uk or www.facebook.com/lukeslandgardens .