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Featured Devon Historic Houses

Arlington Court
7 miles north-east of Barnstaple, on A39, Built in 1822 for the Chichester family, the present house was designed by Thomas Lee, enlarged in the 1860's. Regency and Victorian furniture. Collections of Miss Rosalie Chichester. 2,700 acre estate, a nature reserve, and lawns planted with specimen trees. Also houses the National Trust's collection of horse drawn carriages, with rides through the 30 acres of informal gardens.>> More Information
Bickleigh Castle
4 miles south of Tiverton, off A396 at Bickleigh Bridge Remnant of a fortified house set among woods in the River Exe valley, at the centre of a group of buildings, including a chapel, claimed to be the oldest complete building in Devon. In the 15th century the estate passed to a branch of the Courtney family, who probably built the stone gatehouse where there is an Armoury and a Guard Room. In the 16th century it passed to Sir Thomas Carew and after the Restoration he repaired the gatehouse and built the thatched building now containing 16th and 17th century furniture. The family sold the estate in 1923 and the present owner purchased the Castle in 1970.>> More Information
Bradley Manor
Western end of Newton Abbot, on A381 Bradley Manor, dating from the 13th century, is an example of medieval domestic architecture. Richard Yarde inherited the building in the 15th century. The present building dates from around 1420 when it was enlarged, a chapel was included in this remodelling and remains, together with the Great Hall, Solar and porch. The house has changed hands several times, being converted into a farmhouse and in 1909 the manor house was restored, in 1938 it was given to the National Trust.>> More Information
Buckland Abbey
Near Yelverton, 6 miles south of Tavistock, 11 miles north of Plymouth, off A386 This house, the last Cistercian foundation in England, was established in 1278. Sold to Sir Richard Grenville, his grandson, Sir Richard Grenville, remodelled it as a country house. In 1581, it was purchased by Sir Francis Drake, and in 1948 it was acquired by the National Trust. The building now houses the Drake, Naval and West Country Folk Museum, the home for Drake's Drum. There are also craft workshops and country walks.>> More Information
Cadhay House
1 mile north of Ottery St Mary on B3176, south of A303 Exeter - Honiton A 16th century stone courtyard house set in a garden. The main house, built about 1550 by John Haydon, a local lawyer, in 1737 they sold Cadhay to William Peere Williams who remodelled the rooms. In 1909 the property was purchased by Dampier Whetham, a scientist and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, who restored the house. Later it was sold to Major William-Powlett and the family still live here.The courtyard has an ornate chequerboard pattern and above the doorways are carved figures of Tudor monarchs. The house has well-tended gardens and medieval fish ponds.>> More Information
Castle Drogo
5 miles south of Exeter - Okehampton A30 Near Moretonhampstead Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens between 1910 - 1913 for Sir Julius Drewe, a self-made millionaire, who chose this dramatic site for his castle, with its medieval style interior. Large formal garden, terraces, and spectacular views over Dartmoor and walks in the Teign Gorge.>> More Information
Compton Castle
4 miles west of Paignton, off B3203 The home of the Gilbert family for 600 years, dating from the 14th-16th centuries, one of the few fortified houses in Britain to survive intact. In the 16th century three Gilbert brothers, John, Humphrey and Adrian were part of the related group of West Country gentlemen at the core of Elizabethan naval defence, spearheading the expansion in North America. In 1800 the estate was sold by the Gilbert family, but in 1930 Commander Walter Raleigh Gilbert, bought back and restored the house. The National Trust was given the property in 1951.>> More Information
Hartland Abbey
15 miles west of Bideford, off A39 between Hartland and Hartland Quay, near Stoke on B3248 Set in a valley close to the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic at Hartland Point. In 1157 an Augustinian Monastery was founded here, in 1539, Henry VIII gave Hartland Abbey to William Abbot, Sergeant of his Wine Cellar, who converted the buildings into a house. In 1600 the estate passed to the Luttrell family of Dunster Castle, before coming into the hands of the Orchards of Kilkhampton, who made alterations in 1779. Many of the medieval and 16th century buildings were demolished for new rooms with a fashionable Gothic exterior. In the 19th century it passed to the Stucley family, with whom it has remained.>> More Information
Killerton House
Near Cullompton 7 miles north-east of Exeter, off B3181 An estate of over 6,000 acres, with a Georgian country house, superb garden, 1,000 acres of woodland and much of the villages of Broadclyst and Budlake. Once the property of the Acland family who had lived in Devon since the 12th century, and with later additions. In 1942 it was given to the National Trust. Interior furnished as a family home and has the Paulise de Bush collection of costumes. Spectacular hillside garden, the gardens are surrounded by 300 acres of parkland and woods offering delightful walks.>> More Information
Knightshayes Court
2 miles north of Tiverton, off A396 Known for its beautiful gardens but the gothic house was built for John Heathcoat-Amory a Member of Parliament for Tiverton. Started in 1859, features include wood panelling, a vast painted bookcase in the stairwell, comical corbel figures and architectural drawings. The house contains much of the family furniture and china, and includes a Golf Room, and a collection of splendid family portraits and Old Masters. One of the finest gardens in Devon.>> More Information
Overbecks Museum & Garden
1.5 miles south-west of Salcombe, signposted from Salcombe (single track lanes) Overbecks Sharpitor is an Edwardian house overlooking the sea, housing the collections named after Otto Overbeck who lived there 1928 - 37. The house, collections and gardens were given to the National Trust in 1937. The Museum is a several rooms, a nautical collection, a Natural History collection and Otto Overbeck inventions.Six acres of gardens were created, one of the richest and most varied collections of trees, shrubs and flowering plants to be found in England. Views to Salcombe and over the Kingsbridge estuary.>> More Information
Powderham Castle
6 miles south of Exeter, off A379 Built between 1390 and 1420 by Sir Philip Courtney, and the present owner, the Earl of Devon, is a direct descendant of Sir Philip Courtney. During the Civil War the house was damaged, and was rebuilt and restored into the 19th century, and it is this era of grandeur that is reflected in the house There is also a collection of paintings and family portraits. Set in a ancient deer park and gardens beside the Exe Estuary There is also a Children's Secret Garden and a Woodland Garden.>> More Information
Saltram House
2 miles west of Plympton, off A38 A magnificent Georgian mansion overlooking the Plym estuary, built in the 18th century by John and Lady Catherine Parker. Robert Adam designed fine rooms. The house contains its original contents including collections of furniture, paintings, pottery and porcelain and examples of Chippendale furniture and Wedgewood vases. In 1957 the house, park and contents were given to the National Trust. Set in beautiful gardens and surrounded by landscaped parkland. There is a tree trail in the garden and walks through the park, woodlands and beside the river.>> More Information
Shute Barton
3 miles south-west of Axminster, off A35 One of the most important surviving non-fortified manor houses of the Middle Ages. The earliest part dates from around 1380, it was extended in the 15th century Now the property is in the care of National Trust, but still the of home of the Pole-Carew family. Rooms of the house have been decorated and furnished for the use of the family. They contain fine antique furniture and splendid paintings. Family momentos are arranged around the house giving it a relaxed atmosphere.>> More Information
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