There are a handful of wonderful National Trust properties nearby that you might like to visit when you come and stay with us once we have re-opened.
They all have interesting houses, as well as gardens, that are worth exploring and extensive parklands for strolls, rambles and dog walking. During the school holidays they host events to entertain the children too.
Created originally in the late 18th century as a temporary house until a grander one could be built for the family of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, the 7th Baronet, Killerton is home to an extensive vintage fashion collection.
The garden has many facets including delightful planting schemes near the house and some very pleasant walks. It has lots of interest and colour all year round and is particularly resplendent in the spring and summer months.
Knightshayes, a grand Gothic Revival house designed by the architect William Burges, is just down the road from us here in Bampton. Owned for 125 years by the Heathcoat Amory family, the house was built by the grandson of John Heathcoat, who was the owner of a Tiverton lace factory and the creator of the mechanised bobbin lace making machine.
It has a wonderful Victorian kitchen garden. Sadly, it was neglected during both World Wars, when many of the gardeners left to fight. By the 1970s, it was overgrown and abandoned. A project to restore it to its former glory began in 1999 and by 2003 it was once again fully productive.
This lovely property, which was the home of more than 11 generations of the Chichester family, houses an impressive National Trust carriage museum, which is fun for all ages. The house is also full of other items collected down the decades by the family and gives an insight into the Chichester’s’ lives and passions.
The property has a Victorian kitchen garden, a formal Victorian garden and pleasure grounds. They very often host meet the gardeners’ days and, also, do guided tours, so it’s a real must for anyone who has green-fingers or is an aspiring grower. The gardens look great all year round too.