Compton Castle
Compton Castle
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Anthony K
Warwick, UK430 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Good example of a fortified medieval Manor House. Once the home of Sir Humphrey Gilbert, part-founder of the New World and half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh. Still part occupied by his descendants so only certain areas of the property open to the public. Prebooking necessary due to layout of the property and only limited parking. Pleasant gardens (rose and knot).
Written September 24, 2021
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Serenmawr
Presteigne, UK23 contributions
Jun 2022
A beautiful restored medieval building.
Compact house but lovely ambience.
Large parts of the house are still private.
A short visit and accessed down a narrow road but well worth a look if you appreciate this type of property.
Written June 15, 2022
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OnTour42
England's Green & Pleasant Locations120 contributions
Oct 2011 • Couples
A fortified manor house with parts dating back to the 14th century and accessed via narrow Devon lanes. We visited on a rather drizzly day which was a shame as we couldn't fully appreciate the gardens. The interior was rather damp, cold and sparse (an authentic experience in that respect). Interesting kitchen, but all the interior rooms rather dim and gloomy since medieval windows don't let in much light. Although there were information sheets available it was difficult to read them because of the low light levels and stepping outside to read them meant going out into the rain.

All in all we felt that visitors were not particularly welcome at this property. The car parking is poor, there is no National Trust cafe on site & the toilet facilities were very basic (However, Castle Barton restaurant opposite does good value lunches / teas).

It would be lovely if the beautiful thatched barn could be turned into a visitors' centre with restaurant, toilets and information displays about the Castle.
Written October 5, 2011
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John H
16 contributions
May 2022
Despite impressive looking photos of the front there is not a gear deal here and most of it is modern rebuild of a historic ruin. The volunteers were enthusiastic and provided a lot of interesting information. However this one to pop into if you have membership for an hour maximum as so often with the NT the entry fee is total rip off for about five rooms with limited historical artefacts.
Written May 27, 2022
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BTrio
Halifax, Canada14 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We found Compton Castle online during our stay in Devon. It’s tucked out of the way down beautiful country lanes in gorgeous countryside. We were happy to find a lovely rose garden, tranquil grounds and a fascinating castle. They had people in authentic costumes as characters from the castles history - they were so personable and knowledgeable! Our 7 year old talked with the gentleman in the first room for ages about what his life would have been like at the peak of the castle’s heyday. He loved it and remembers everything they discussed. They also had a spot where you could try on costumes and the whole family had a great time trying out historical fashions! Could not recommend it enough.
Written September 28, 2022
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Ian H
Gloucestershire, UK573 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
When you think castle, you think wow history, castles are huge, what history is here. Friendly staff on hand to give you helpful information but only 4 to 5 rooms available to see and can't take photos inside as owners still live there. I wish they just kept it for themselves, as unless your a NT member its not worth 9 pounds to see very little. And the tiny country lanes are sketchy.
Written September 7, 2022
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Judy R
15 contributions
Oct 2019
Open 3 days per week April to October. If you enjoy a sense of history, this family home set in gorgeous gardens amid rolling countryside is worth including while touring the area. Although the "castle" is largely 20th century reconstruction, and currently only a few rooms, chapel and detached kitchen are open, it shows how the gentry of Tudor times lived, and probably you will find re-enactor guides to enhance your visit. Entry fee payable by non NT members.
Written January 6, 2020
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Bellamie16
50 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Unfortunately we found there was not much to see here, only a few rooms. The gardens are very small and although it states that dog are allowed in the orchard this is not the case. We were asked to leave the garden and to go to the other orchard which was essentially the car park. Disappointing.
Written August 4, 2021
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Carosanto
Gunnislake, UK25 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
This National Trust property really is disappointing on many levels, but has such great potential. It was a ruin resurrected, the family have great historic antecedents, the location is great But.....

This is not a castle, this is a fortified manor house, half of which is occupied by the incumbent family. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable as they have to be, for there is little to inform the visitor (room cards apart), except for the dated and boring video about Sir Humphrey Gilbert, which is located in a dank and dark kitchen. This Tudor kitchen, shared with bats, and ill lit, is also the childrens' dress-up area. Volunteer staff admit that some children are afraid to go there. A missed opportunity on two counts. Updating the video (more house and family history) and revamping the lighting would help so much.

There is no refreshment area but the Castle Hotel and Restaurant along the road reaps the benefit of a NT property which cannot offer a cup of tea. What about a tea tent, if only for the summer? Another missed opportunity.

The story of the castle's rise from ruin and the efforts the present incumbents put into this venture would make a terrific back story. There must be before/after photos, building records, and stories to tell here. Yet another missed opportunity.

On reading other reviews I realise I am not alone in my opinions.This may be partly a family home still, but it is subsidised by the NT and its members, and should reflect NT standards.Talking to the staff and volunteers it is clear they love this property, and have many ideas for its improvement. The National Trust would do well to take some of their ideas on board.
Written October 29, 2016
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Thank you for your review and we are so sorry that your visit did not live up to expectation. A visit to Compton Castle should be memorable for the right reasons, and we are sad that this was not the case. We always take our visitor feedback very seriously, and have passed your feedback onto our team here. We would also like to thank you for supporting the National Trust - we couldn't do our work without your help and we really appreciate it.
Written April 5, 2017
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Jackie A
Denbigh, UK77 contributions
May 2015 • Family
I saw this property on the web site as as we are National Trust members I was really looking forward to the visit. However, I was very disappointed. The outside of the property looks very impressive but inside there are very limited areas to view. The first room we went into was the old kitchen. Here there was a TV running a video of the history. The fireplace was impressive but there was very little else to see.There was a small room off this that had a few racks of clothes on. Back across a small yard there was a hall and then up a spiral staircase to another couple of rooms. The limited furniture on display didn't seem to fit in with the age of the property. The whole place could be viewed in 30 minutes!
Written May 31, 2015
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