This is an interesting castle still lived in by the owners so only a few room are viewable and the gardens are small Allow less than an hour
Interesting history and a nice looking castle, it killed about 30 minutes, but not astounding. wouldn't go again.
OK so the thing more or less fell down in the 19th century and was rebuild and restored in the 20th - but it has been done very well indeed. Plan for a short visit - an hour or so; maybe a bit more in summer when the gardens will be at their best. The Canadian connection was a pleasant... More
Don't plan for an all day trip as the actual area that can be viewed is extremely small. Apart from that there is very little information on anything within the castle. There are occasional leaflets dotted about but even these I found were in the wrong room. Definitely not a place to take children.
Hi there, I'm sorry to see that Compton Castle wasn't what you were expecting - we do always try to make it clear in all materials about Compton that it is a small property which is still a family home. I'm also sorry that you felt there wasn't much information - perhaps you missed the booklet of information which you... More
Have been meaning to go to Compton Casle for a long time and have just managed it! (If you are going you need to check it is open because it isn't open all week). We were not disappointed. The whole place has a feeling of history but in a nice and comfortable way! It feels a friendly old house and... More
Hi there, Thank you for the fantastic review - it looks like you thoroughly enjoyed your visit, it's super that you found Compton quirky and interesting. Have you visited nearby Bradley Manor? It's a medieval manor house that sounds like it would be right up your street. More
Lovely castle and gardens, nice to visit somewhere that is still used as a home ! Very few rooms on view though!
Hi there, Thank you for this great review, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the castle and gardens. There are only five rooms to see, but combined with a visit to nearby Bradley it makes a full day out. :) More
The Gilbert family has owned Compton Castle since the 14th century and an early ancestor, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, was a colonizer of Newfoundland and a half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh....it has been said that when Raleigh visited Gilbert at Compton Castle, Raleigh smoked the first pipe of tobbaco in Britain. It should also be added that Sir Humphrey Gilbert was... More
Hi there, Thank you for such a comprehensive review of your visit to Compton Castle - it's clear to see that you had a fantastic time, made all the better by your conversation with Geoffry Gilbert. He is fascinating, and it's always a treat to hear his stories! I'll pass your lovely comments on to him. More
I knew this would only be a quick visit as I read up on it on national trust website beforehand, however I didn't realise it was actually the majority of the property that we couldn't see. I got bitten by insects seconds after leaving the car, and when we left we were covered in tiny black bugs, so take bug... More
Hi there, thank you for your review - I'm sorry to see that you were pestered by bugs! Good advice to carry bug spray, I think it's a handbag essential at this time of year. I'm glad to see that you loved the gardens and found the history interesting, and very glad that the staff were informative. I'll pass on... More
Lots to see and worth visiting. The owners still occupy part of the premises, which has many rooms to visit and extensive grounds to check out.
I am glad that you felt Compton is worth a visit, thank you for your review. If you liked it here why not visit our nearby property of Bradley that is equally charming and enjoyable. More
Lovely small castle that has been restored with taste.Just a few rooms but not ruined by to much clean stone work kept original.
Thanks for your kind words, I'm very happy that you found Compton Castle enjoyable. More
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