You don’t have to be in a fantasy novel to spend a day in magnificent castles and charming gardens. Watch your historical dreams come to life in one of Devon’s stately homes and gardens. History books don’t quite cut it, why not see for yourself how the ladies and lords of the past really lived.
Rebuilt by the Huyshe family around 1590, this elegant Elizabethan manor was renovated and built further by an heir of the Huysche family, Robert Huysche in the 20th century. The refurbishing of the manor was done with the help of E.H Harbottle and the new structure is purely Tudor and is almost impossible to tell apart. The gardens play home to a 15th-century hallway and a 1600 thatched summer home. To view open days you can check on the manor’s website.
Address: Sidbury, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0QN
Phone: 01395 597230
This stately home was erected by the Courtneys between 1390 and 1490, although severely destroyed by the civil conflict. The building was renovated by a building program in the 1900s and she now houses a Georgian interior, with great wall and paint finishes, along with furnishing and art. You can visit their website for information about wedding facilities, accommodation, corporate functions and visitor times.
Address: Kenton, Exeter, Devon, EX6 8JQ
Phone: 01626 890243
The abbey is an intriguing house which was built along a tight, wooded valley that leads to a waterway a few kilometres away. The house was gifted by Henry Gill to his wine vault keeper whose descendants reside there till date. Visitors to the Abbey are gifted with the opportunity to experience the beautiful gardens, stunning interiors, art collections and amidst all these the warmth only exuded from a building appreciated for generations.
Address: Hartland Abbey, near Bideford, Devon, EX39 6DT
Phone: 01237 441 496/234
Tiverton castle is one of the very few buildings that exude such an immediate aura of history. Built in 1106, the castle has been rebuilt and modernized over the ages, presently showing a marriage of medieval and modern architecture. The medieval gatehouse presently showcases fine Civil war armory which can be tried on by visitors, as well as beautiful furniture and interesting works of art.
Address: Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6RP
Phone: 01884 255200
This privately owned Palladian house is an epitome of classic beauty and style. She is set on a Grade 1 park, an expanse of agricultural gardens spanning 5,500 acres. Friends are welcome anytime to visit the gardens, visitors and special guests can book to visit via the website, wedding facilities are also available.
Address: Filleigh, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 0RQ
Phone: 01598 760421
These beautiful historical sites are truly a sight to behold and are a major attraction to Devon as they show several historical artefacts. You should avail yourself of the view anytime you visit Devon, you can book ahead via their websites as they tend to receive a large number of guests. The best time to visit is in the summer, which is when most of them are disposed to receiving guests.
Enjoy intriguing stories told by keen guides as they share their expert knowledge with you. Don’t leave the little ones at home, they’ll love the experience.