Exmoor National Trust

National Trust properties around Exmoor in North Devon and West Somerset

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Arlington Court 
Dunster Castle 
Holnicote Estate 
Knightshayes Court 
Killerton House 
Heddon Valley 
Lundy Island

National Trust Property


Arlington Court
Nestling in the thickly-wooded valley of the River Yeo lies the 1,400ha (3,500acre) Arlington Court estate. At its centre stands Arlington Court, the intimate and intriguing Victorian home of Miss Rosalie Chichester. Crowded with treasures amassed from her travels, her collections include model ships, tapestry, pewter and shells. In the basement, from May to Sept visitors can view the comings and goings of Devon’s largest colony of Lesser Horseshoe bats via the newly-installed ‘batcam’. Arlington’s stable block houses one of the best collections of 19th-century horse-drawn vehicles in the country and offers carriage rides around the grounds. The 12ha (30acre) gardens are largely informal, featuring a beautiful Victorian garden complete with conservatory and ornamental ponds leading to a partially-restored walled kitchen garden. Stunning walks take in historic parkland grazed by Jacob sheep and Shetland ponies, leafy woodlands, a tranquil lake with heronry and bird hide, deep forests and stream-fed valleys

Opening arrangements (check the website for latest)
House, carriage collection & Victorian garden: Late March to beginning Nov: daily except Tues. 
Times: Gardens, shop, tea-rooms and bat lobby open 10.30, house and carriage collection open 11. Last admission 4.30, closes 5.30.
Nov to March, grounds open during daylight hours
Location : Arlington, Barnstaple, N. Devon, EX31 4LP  MAP


Dunster Castle
"Rising dramatically above the village of Dunster and set between the wooded hills of Exmoor and the sea.  With 13th Century Castle Building and a Norman Motte; 17th Century staircase and fine plasterwork ceilings.  Beautifully terraced gardens and riverside walks surrounded by a 28 acre park."  
pictures of the castle

Castle: End March to beginning Nov: daily except Thur & Fri (but open Good Fri). Times: 11-5; 
Garden & park: daily (closed 25, 26 Dec). Times: Jan to March, end Sept to 31 Dec: 11-4; end March to end Sept: 10-5

Castle is a 10min steep climb from car park, but multiseater vehicle available to give lifts if necessary. Car park in grounds
Location In Dunster Village, 3m SE of Minehead on the A396, off A39. TA24 6SL   MAP
Tel Shop:(01643)821626   Info. line (01643)823004   Manager (01643)821314

Dunster Working WaterMill
A restored working 18th-century watermill built on the site of a mill mentioned in the Domesday survey of 1086. Note: the mill is a private business, admission charge (including members).
Open: Apr-Oct
Tel: 01643 821759


Holnicote Estate
"The Holnicote Estate covers 5042 hectares (12,500 acres) of Exmoor National Park and includes the high tors of Dunkery and Selworthy Beacons, with breathtaking views in all directions.  Its traditional cottages and farms are grouped in and around the villages of Selworthy, Allerford, Bossington, Horner and Luccombe.
The estate also covers four miles of coastline between Porlock Bay and Minehead, where the SW Peninsula Coastal Path begins.  There are over 100 miles of footpaths to enjoy through the fields, woods, moors and villages. The area is noted for its diversity of wildlife and many rare species can be found in the Horner and Dunkery National Nature Reserve."

Mini-Bus tours of the Estate depart Porlock Visitor Centre 11am Fridays May 26-July 14 incl.  Takes 2 hours.  phone (01643)862452 to book and for further details.

Open  Shop and information centre at Selworthy open daily:
mid Mar-end Apr:11am-4pm
End Apr-end Sept:10.00am-5.30pm
Nov:Sat/Sun only 10-4pm
Location (SS919468)  Selworthy, between Porlock and Minehead  MAP


Knightshayes Court
Home of the Heathcoat-Amory family.  This striking Victorian Gothic mansion is just N of Tiverton.  A rare survival of the work of William Burges, flamboyant 19th Century architect, this mansion has a rich mixture of medieval romanticism and lavish decoration.  Includes a billiard room and smoking room.  Of equal beauty are the 20h gardens which are full of colour throughout the year.  There is also a lovely park and woodland walk, formal terraces, unusual topiary and the "Garden in the Wood"
Gift Shop;  Plant centre;  Restaurant;  Good disabled facilities;  children's quizzes and discovery trails

House: End March to beginning Nov: daily except Fri (but open Good Fri). 
Garden: mid March to beginning Nov: daily. Times: 11-5.30. 
Children half price. Parking 400m 
Location  Knightshayes Court, Bolham, Tiverton, EX16 7RQ MAP (2 miles N of Tiverton, turn R off A396 at Bolham)
Tel (01884)254665.  Visitor reception tel. 01884 257381


Killerton House
An elegant 18th C house which still retains a warm atmosphere, with a large hillside garden which slopes down to the spreading lawns and herbaceous borders with extensive views over the Devon countryside.  Landscaped from the 18th C the garden contains a wealth of rare trees and gems like the Victorian rock garden, an ice house and bear's hut, a woodland walks in the surrounding parkland.
The house contains the renowned Killerton dress collection, one of the finest collections of costume in the South West.  A great day out for all the family.
Gift Shop;  Plant centre;  Restaurant;  Good disabled facilities;  children's quizzes and discovery trails

House: mid March to end Aug: daily except Tues 11-5.30; also closed Mons in March; daily in Aug. Park & garden: daily 10.30-dusk
Garden and park reduced rate Nov to Feb. Booked parties and cyclists
Location  Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, EX5 3LE  MAP (on W side of the B3181)
Tel  (01392)881345


Heddon Valley
Information Centre and NT shop in beautiful valley running down to the sea.  Many cliff and woodland walks.  Car park with public toilets.  Also the famous Hunters Inn Hotel.

End March to end Oct: daily. Times: March, April, May & Oct 11-5; June to Sept 10.30-6
Location A few miles W of Lynton on the coast.  (SS655485)  MAP
Tel (01598)763402


Lundy Island
An unspoilt Island 10 miles off Baggy Point where the Bristol Channel meets the Atlantic. 3 miles long and half a mile wide.  No Cars.  Ideal place to escape for the day.  The Island is a natural fortress with a tempestous history as a pirate lair.  There is now a small community.  Marisco Tavern is the heart of the island and serves Lundy's own beer as well as fine food and perpetual shelter.  Also a medieval castle and 3 lighthouses.  A place of outstanding natural beauty and wildlife. (Lund-ey is Norse for puffin island).

The ferry ship MS Oldenburg does day trips to Lundy from both Ilfracombe and Bideford.  It is also possible to stay on Lundy.  Sailing times, fares and prices are available from the Islands' website  www.lundyisland.co.uk or telephone Lundy shore office (01237)470422 for details of sailings and accommodation.  NOTE: pets are not allowed to visit the island.