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Devon in Summer - visit many National Trust properties including Killerton, Knightshayes, Saltram, Buckland Abbey & Finch Foundry. Enjoy a cruise on the River Dart & journey on The Steam Railway.
A Journey on the Dartmouth Steam Railway Runs for 7 miles along the spectacular Torbay coast to Churston and through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart esturary to Kingswear. The scenery is superb with seascapes right across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill on clear days. Approaching Kingswear is the beautiful River Dart. We take the ferry across to the olde worlde town of Dartmouth www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk
between the delightful and unique towns of Dartmouth and Totnes. View the Britannia Royal Naval College and Agatha Christies Greenway Estate, enjoy the riverside villages of Stoke Gabriel and Dittisham, the Sharpham Estate with its vineyards and the steeply wooded hillsides plunging down to the waters edge, providing unparalleled scenic views. www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk
Finch Foundry - The last working water-powered forge in England. The doorway to Dartmoor's industrial past. Enter Finch Foundry to experience the sights, sounds and smells of three thundering water wheels powering massive hammers, shears and sharpening stone. These fuelled one of the South West's most successful edge tool factories which, at its peak, produced around 400 edge tools a day. Get an insight into the life of workers in the 19th century and learn about the enterprising Finch family. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Killerton- A family home and a great estate. Glorious landscape garden surrounded by parkland with fine 18th-century house Would you give away your family home for your political beliefs? Sir Richard Acland did just that with his Killerton Estate in the heart of Devon, when he gave it to the Trust in 1944. Today, you'll find a friendly Georgian house set in 2,600 hectares (6,400 acres) of working farmland, woods, parkland, cottages and orchards. There's plenty of calm space in the glorious garden, beautiful year-round with rhododendrons, magnolias, champion trees and formal lawns. You can explore winding paths, climb an extinct volcano, discover an Iron Age hill fort and take in distant views towards Dartmoor. can discover three of Killerton's hidden gems. Nestled by the River Clyst sits Clyston Mill, a working watermill. In the heart of Broadclyst you'll find Marker's, a medieval house steeped in history, and just a stone's throw away from Killerton House is a 1950's post office with charming cottage garden.
Knightshayes - Discover a great post-war garden, 19th-century parkland and grand Gothic Revival architecture by Victorian visionary William Burges. within a unique 16th-century castle. With acres of glorious garden and park, surrounding a spectacular Gothic Revival house, Knightshayes is the complete country gentleman's dream. The house is a rare example of the work of William Burges, whose lavish designs have always inspired extremes of opinion. Full of quirks and curiosities, it is a house of many faces. The formal and woodland garden is one of the finest and most varied plant collections in the country. With over 1200 plant species unique to Knightshayes and an ever changing display, its always worth a visit, as is the walled kitchen garden, brimming with seasonal produce for the Stables Café.
· Out in the parkland, there are woodland walks, acres of tenanted farmland (home to our tenant farmers Exmoor Horn sheep), and our wild play area- so there really is something for everyone. .www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Saltram - A house full of treasures, stories & intrigue. A secret garden to lose yourself in Saltram overlooks the River Plym and is set in a rolling landscape park that provides precious green space on the outskirts of Plymouth. Strolling along the riverside or through the woodland, you can almost forget that the city lies so close. Saltram was home to the Parker family from 1743, when an earlier mansion was remodelled to reflect the familys increasingly prominent position. It's magnificently decorated, with original contents including Chinese wallpapers and an exceptional collection of paintings (several by Sir Joshua Reynolds). It also has a superb country house library and Robert Adams Neo-classical Saloon. Learn about some of the fascinating characters and family stories, including the correspondence between Frances, the first Countess, and Jane Austen. The garden is mostly 19th century, with a working 18th-century orangery and follies, beautiful shrubberies and imposing specimen trees providing year-round
Buckland Abbey - Discovery, tranquillity and history an ancient gem in the Tavy Valley landscape When you visit Buckland, you follow over 700 years of footsteps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country. The Abbey is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures. Theres no mistaking the magnificence of the Great Barn, which has remained virtually unchanged since it was built all those centuries ago. Youll discover meadows, orchards and woodlands where you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Tavy Valley. Our way-marked trails are a riot of colour through the seasons. At the Cider House, herbaceous borders provide seasonal interest and a secret wild garden is a wonderful place for quiet contemplation (or a game of hide and seek). Find your favourite spot and youll want to come back to Buckland time and again.
Wightwick Manor The legacy of a family's passion for Victorian art and design In 1937 Geoffrey Mander MP did something remarkable - he persuaded the National Trust to accept a house that was just 50 years old. The local paint manufacturer and Liberal MP had been left the timber-framed house by his father Theodore. Taking inspiration from a lecture on 'the House Beautiful' by Oscar Wilde, Theodore and his wife Flora had decorated its interiors with the designs of William Morris and his Arts and Crafts contemporaries. This house of the Aesthetic Movement was, by 1937, a relic of an out of fashion era. Yet, so complete was the design that it was worthy of preservation. Having given the house to the Trust, Geoffrey and his second wife Rosalie became its live-in curators, opening the house to the public and adding to its contents. In particular they added a remarkable collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Rossetti, Burne-Jones and their followers. So take a step back in time and visit the ever-changing family home thats also the worlds most beautiful art gallery.
Hanbury Hall - William and Mary-style country house, garden and park. A country retreat in th heart of Worcestershire. The house and garden, originally a stage-set for summer parties, offer a glimpse into life at the turn of the 18th century. The original formal gardens, designed by Georg London, have been faithfully re-created and complement the relaxed later gardens, with orangery, orchards and walled garden www.nationaltrust.org.uk
This elegant hotel the highest rated 3 star hotel in Torbay, is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Torquay sitting majestically on the headland looking out to sea. It is set in two acres of magnificent grounds and offers stunning views across Torbay with coastal walks nearby. www.headlandtorquay.com Room for Sole occupancy £137
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